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Where's the Harm

Where's the Harm Video review Sixteen-minute video and eight-page accompanying booklet. Action on Elder Abuse Action On Elder Abuse, with some financial assistance from the Department of Health, has produced this short training video. It comes with an accompanying booklet designed to assist ‘the facilitator’ in drawing out the main learning points contained in the video, encouraging debate and, hopefully, enlightenment. The video itself covers an abusive event in a residential home for older people. An experienced and very busy care worker over-reacts to a situation where the resident refuses to take her medication. The resultant scuffle leads to minor injuries and an investigation by the inspector and social work colleague. Issues raised include the operating context in which the obviously hassled care worker is pushed to breaking point by working too hard. Record- keeping and staff-management communication are additional points picked up in the video. The interaction with the resident shows the need to go behind superficial behaviour to consider why this person is behaving in this way – the processes of dehumanisation are all too evident and are usefully illustrated through the text and acting. An interesting point was the lack of understanding shown by all the home’s staff about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Adult Protection Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1466-8203
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10.1108/14668203200000015
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Abstract

Video review Sixteen-minute video and eight-page accompanying booklet. Action on Elder Abuse Action On Elder Abuse, with some financial assistance from the Department of Health, has produced this short training video. It comes with an accompanying booklet designed to assist ‘the facilitator’ in drawing out the main learning points contained in the video, encouraging debate and, hopefully, enlightenment. The video itself covers an abusive event in a residential home for older people. An experienced and very busy care worker over-reacts to a situation where the resident refuses to take her medication. The resultant scuffle leads to minor injuries and an investigation by the inspector and social work colleague. Issues raised include the operating context in which the obviously hassled care worker is pushed to breaking point by working too hard. Record- keeping and staff-management communication are additional points picked up in the video. The interaction with the resident shows the need to go behind superficial behaviour to consider why this person is behaving in this way – the processes of dehumanisation are all too evident and are usefully illustrated through the text and acting. An interesting point was the lack of understanding shown by all the home’s staff about

Journal

The Journal of Adult ProtectionEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2000

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