Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Legal Issues 

The Elder Justice Act

Dolores M. Alford, PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

The Elder Justice Act ( a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010) focuses on the development of a comprehensive mechanism to “prevent, detect, treat, intervene in, and prosecute elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” Elements of the Act that offer opportunities for nurses to demonstrate their advocacy role on behalf of older adults include (a) participating in the training of ombudsmen and/or becoming an ombudsman; (b) serving on the Elder Justice Act’s Advisory Board on Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation; (c) working in either a stationary or mobile forensic center dedicated to addressing elder abuse; (d) having an active role in the curriculum design and implementation of degree and certificate programs to build competency in gerontology and gerontological nursing; and (e) providing consultation to long-term care facilities in the areas of staff recruitment and quality of care.


Abstract

The Elder Justice Act ( a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010) focuses on the development of a comprehensive mechanism to “prevent, detect, treat, intervene in, and prosecute elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” Elements of the Act that offer opportunities for nurses to demonstrate their advocacy role on behalf of older adults include (a) participating in the training of ombudsmen and/or becoming an ombudsman; (b) serving on the Elder Justice Act’s Advisory Board on Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation; (c) working in either a stationary or mobile forensic center dedicated to addressing elder abuse; (d) having an active role in the curriculum design and implementation of degree and certificate programs to build competency in gerontology and gerontological nursing; and (e) providing consultation to long-term care facilities in the areas of staff recruitment and quality of care.


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Authors

Dr. Alford is a Gerontic Nursing Consultant (retired) and former Legal Section Editor, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Dallas, Texas.

The author discloses that she has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Address correspondence to Dolores M. Alford, PhD, RN, FAAN, 6561 Ivyglen Drive, Dallas, TX 75254; e-mail: dmarshalford@msn.com.

Posted Online: June 15, 2011

10.3928/00989134-20110603-01

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