ONLINE ELDER JUSTICE ACT TRAINING COURSE
With the aging of America’s population comes a new problem, that of increased abuse of the elderly.
The problem of elder abuse is of such mounting concern that in 2012, Congress passed the Elder Justice Act (EJA). The goal of the Act is to prevent, detect, treat, intervene in and aid in the prosecution of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The facts justify creation of the EJA. Each year, between 500,000 and five million elders — men and women aged 60 and over — in the USA are abused, neglected or exploited, causing them to suffer physical, mental, emotional and/or monetary injury. Worse yet, victims of elder abuse are over three times more likely than non-victims to die at an earlier age than expected.
By ruling of the EJA, owners and operators of long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and their employees are required to report any reasonable suspicion of a crime against anyone residing in or receiving care from the facility. These requirements are mandatory.
The Cintas, 15-minute online training course defines for LTCFs and employees their reporting requirements under the EJA, including what information is essential to report, to whom reports are to be submitted, and the specific time limits for reporting. Topics include:
- Comprehensive look at the Elder Justice Act
- Requirements of long-term care facilities
- Reporting requirements for employees
- Non-compliance and resulting penalties