Annotated Bibliography Elderly Abuse
McKie, David. (2007). Beaten down: Fear and violence in Canada’s nursing homes. Retrieved May 1, 2009. The author of this article, David McKie a CBC crew member describes the situation of nursing homes in Canada. He talks about abuse from the staff and from the seniors. This article specifically refers to two examples in Canada of this abuse and it also states that about seventy percent of nursing homes are a dumping place for elderly who are “mentally unstable”.
McKie states that it is difficult to know exactly what is going on in nursing homes because the staff are aware when a safety check is going to happen and can fix whatever is wrong before this time comes. The CBC crew is still attempting to get more information from nursing homes in Canada but at this time the information is being hidden from the public. This source will be extremely helpful in order to prove my hypothesis because my hypothesis states that the Canadian Government is not doing enough in senior homes.
This article talks about the abuse in senior homes and this is one of the points that will be used in order to prove my hypothesis. It also specifically talks about Canadian senior homes and this is exactly what the focus of the hypothesis is. CBC News. (2000). Elderly abused in Quebec nursing homes. Retrieved May 1, 2009 from http://www. cbc. ca/canada/story/2000/03/08/elderly000308. html. This article reported by the CBC news looks at nursing homes specifically in Quebec from the year 1995 to 1999.
The studies show that there is a “pattern of abuse” in Quebec nursing homes specifically from these years. Some problems that were talked about were the lack of nurses to care for the elderly, which meant some were left unclean, untreated and hungry. Another problem was that the elderly were being treated and moved around like objects causing bruises and injuries on their bodies. There was a lack of respect towards the elderly and the elderly had “little or no privacy” since some of the female patients felt more comfortable with a nurse that is the same sex.
In Quebec in at least four of the one hundred and forty three senior homes patients were said to be “struck, threatened, intimidated, touched sexually, moved around roughly, dropped and wind up on the ground with bruises and unexplained injuries. ” According to this article many people who are against what is happening want the Health Minister of Quebec (Pauline Marois) to spend money to help improve the senior homes and make it a safer place. This source will be helpful in order to see some things that are happening in senior homes.
It specifically focuses on Quebec but it will still be helpful since Quebec is part of Canada. It also gives proof that the health minister has not done anything to solve the problem which back up my hypothesis that the government is not doing enough. CBC News. (2001). Police investigate elder abuse allegations. Retrieved May 1, 2009 from http://www. cbc. ca/news/story/2001/02/26/peiElderAbuse26feb01. html. This article describes two seniors, an eighty eight year old man and a ninety nine year old woman who died in a “private residence that provides care to seniors”.
This private residence is located in Prince Edward Island and the police are investigating this situation because they suspect that these elderly people could have been victims of abuse. The police had received complaints before their deaths but have just started to investigate the problem. They are waiting to receive the results from the autopsy in order to make any further decisions. This will help prove the hypothesis in the final paper because it shows that the police are slow to act and do not get involved until it is too late.
This further proves my hypothesis about the government not doing enough in senior homes. In the final paper this story can be used as an example. CBC News. (2007). Another seniors home in B. C not up to standard. Retrieved May 3, 2009 from http://www. cbc. ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/10/04/bc-senior. html. This article talks about the senior homes in British Columbia and how there are many that do not meet the safety standards. It states the difficulties in the senior homes with little staff and the many complaints received.
The complaints are said to be hard to distinguish between serious complaints or just small problems. An example was given like Nancy Hardman who stated that she is removing her mother from the nursing home because it is dangerous and unhealthy to live in. This will also help to give another example in order to prove the hypothesis. It is also a good source because it has specific examples of the effect from unsafe senior homes. Roe, Brenda. (2002, January 12). Protecting older people from abuse. Elderly care. 14. This scholarly journal looks at elderly abuse in general.
It talks about different ways one can notice that the senior is being abused and what to do about the abuse. It also describes different reasons why the abusers abuse the elderly. It says how elderly abuse can be very difficult to notice and it is also difficult to help the seniors. The article then describes the difficulties that seniors have when they are abused. It talks a little about senior homes and how the elderly are treated by the nurses. It also gives some specific examples of abuse and the role of the government in this situation.
This article is very opinionated and the author expresses her views on the topic very clearly. This is a good source to use for the final paper because it gives a lot of information about elderly abuse that could be used to help prove the hypothesis. It also shows that there are many factors that could be hiding the evidence of elderly abuse specifically in senior homes. For example the senior homes could easily be hiding information from the public and nobody can really be sure what is really happening inside the homes.
McGarry, J. M. & Simpson, C. S. (2009). Identifying, reporting and preventing elder abuse in the practice setting. 1 (21), 33. This scholarly journal shows the different roles of nurses in senior homes and their expectations, difficulties and duties they have to perform. It tells exactly what elder abuse is and defines what can be classified as abuse. It tells us where elder abuse most likely occurs and when it occurs. It also talks about different methods in preventing the abuse from happening.
A list of things to look for in order to recognize abuse is also in the journal. This is a good source to use because it will help give more background information about elder abuse. It will also give information about the many things elderly suffer through in nursing homes and this way the report will be a little easier to complete. Novak, Mark. (1993). Aging & Society A Canadian Perspective (2nd ed. ). Scarborough: Nelson Canada. The chapter that is going to be used in order to prove my hypothesis is called Institutional Care (197-200).
This chapter talks about the different institutions in Canada and how some of them have different names like the special care facility or nursing homes. It has many statistics about elderly, for example, in Quebec forty five percent of people who are eighty five and older live in nursing homes. This chapter talks about the different viewpoints of nursing homes. Like if they are a good idea to have in our society or if the government should get rid of them. This is a good source because it shows the governments opinions on this issue and what they think is right or wrong.
This will help to prove my hypothesis because it gives more information about the government and this way it is easier to see if the government has done anything about abuse in nursing homes or is planning to do something. Ontario’s Strategy to combat elder abuse. Retrieved May 3, 2009 from http://www. culture. gov. on. ca/seniors/english/programs/elderabuse/docs/combat. pdf. This PDF information package which was made by the Ministry of Ontario talks about some strategies to help educate people on the topic of elderly abuse.
It also states that Ontario will have a “national awareness day” to support the elderly. The minister who is responsible for seniors stated that October 19, 2004 was the first elderly abuse awareness day. There is also a “Victim Support Line” especially made for seniors who need help or are being abused. This information is useful because it shows that someone has acted to make change and improve the safety in senior homes. Ontario is slowly developing a strategy in order to battle this problem which is a very good thing.