This eLearning course includes four modules, various learning activities (e.g. resources and reflection activities) a Knowledge Check and Supplementary Resources. Module 1, Understanding Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults, is designed to educate everyone involved in the delivery of care to older adults. Modules 2, Working with Older Adults and Their Families, Module 3, Identifying and Responding to Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults, and Module 4, Addressing Challenges Involved in Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults are designed for nurses, other health-care providers and their supervisors.

The course can be used in many ways:

  • Independent learning/self study
  • Learning together in small groups (e.g. with your colleagues)
  • Integrated into educational programs-in small segments or as a full program (e.g. for students, staff orientation, refresher courses, inservices, professional development)
  • In combination with in-person education programs

Course Image Module 1:  Understanding Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults

The purpose of this course is to increase your awareness of the forms, signs and risk factors of abuse and neglect of older adults. It aims to encourage you to participate in the prevention of abuse and neglect and reflect on your own attitudes and behaviours when caring for older adults.

This module is designed to educate everyone involved in the delivery of care to older adults. It is based on the RNAO best practice guideline Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Person-Centred, Collaborative, System-Wide Approaches.

Course Image Module 2:  Working with Older Adults and Their Families

This module is designed for nurses, other health-care providers and supervisors who work with older adults and their families. It is also appropriate for nursing students and educators.

Course Image Module 3: Identifying and Responding to Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults
This module will highlight the importance of recognizing risk factors and signs of abuse and neglect, the role of additional assessments and consultations, your legal and professional responsibilities, and information about developing individual plans of care.
Course Image Module 4: Addressing Challenges Involved in Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults
Issues of abuse and neglect are often complex. Ethical issues arise, and sometimes there is a concern about the older adult's capacity to make decisions. Often the right course of action is unclear and you may have mixed emotions. This module provides examples of complex situations and general guidance on how to address these challenges.
Course Image Knowledge Check

The Knowledge Check is a quiz based on information covered in all four modules above.

It is recommended that you complete all four modules before attempting the quiz, as the modules contain valuable information, examples, resources and learning activities that nurses and other health-care providers need to know to better understand how to prevent and address abuse and neglect of older adults.