Management

Because the cause of elder abuse is often multifactorial, management involves a multidisciplinary approach with social workers and legal, financial, and APS representatives. The immediate management is determined by the safety and capacity assessments. Is the patient in any immediate danger? If so, acute hospitalization, safe home placement, and a protective court order may be indicated. If the patient lacks capacity, the physician should work with APS on options, including guardianship, financial management resources, and order of protection if indicated. In other cases, management should focus on utilizing community resources to maintain the patient in the least restrictive environment. The

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