Webinar: Observational Measure of Elder Self-Neglect
Half or more of all cases reported to adult protective services are for elder self-neglect (ESN), which directly affects older adults and, consequently, their families, neighbors, and communities. ESN has public health implications due to its relationship to higher than expected mortality rates, hospitalizations, long-term care placements, and localized environmental and safety hazards.
This webinar will describe results from a study using concept mapping to create a conceptual model of ESN and the items needed to measure it. ESN indicators of self-neglect align into two broad categories: behavioral characteristics and environmental factors, which must be accounted for in a comprehensive evaluation. Discussion will focus on the clustering of items into the two categories and on the hierarchy of items that should represent severity of self-neglect.