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© 2009 Springer Publishing Company Long-Term Care and The Hebrew Home is distinguished not only by its Beyond: Responding personal attention to care for to Elder Abuse each individual resident but also for its special ancillary Charlotte Dell, LMSW programs that enhance residen- Rebecca Fialk, RN, JD tial and community life. Ann Marie Levine, MS, RN, CS, MBA Daniel Reingold, MSW, JD Joy Solomon, JD being an effective training source, this new team had the capability, through the pre-existing comprehensive long-term care delivery system joined with legal expertise, to provide direct intervention in cases of abuse and neglect. Moreover, previous achievements in T he Hebrew Home at Riverdale has a long history of meeting building strong collaborative relationships with other specialized the needs of the elderly, dating to its establishment in 1917 nonproﬁt agencies and governmental colleagues had established a in the Harlem area of Manhattan as a shelter for homeless strong foundation on which to build a comprehensive elder abuse and neglected Jewish elderly. Today the Hebrew Home sits on a program. In turn, the Hebrew Home embarked upon a mission 19-acre expanse overlooking the Hudson River in New York City to develop a multidisciplinary intervention for elder abuse that and includes an 870-bed facility that provides a full continuum of included creating a “virtual” shelter within a long-term geriatric residential health care, adult day and night care, home care, and care facility, that is, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for housing options on a nonproﬁt, nonsectarian basis. Together with Elder Abuse Prevention, and Intervention Research (the Weinberg its Elder Serve community services division, the Hebrew Home Center). cares for more than 3,000 older men and women throughout Man- hattan, the Bronx, and Westchester County. The Hebrew Home is distinguished not only by its personal atten- WEINBERG SHELTER: RESPONDING tion to care for each individual resident but also for its special ancillary TO ELDER ABUSE programs that enhance residential and community life. The Hebrew Home houses a 4,500-piece art collection accessible to residents and Victims of elder abuse reside throughout our communities. Every the public at large. It is a full-time high school for 68 students and year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of physi- two full-time Board of Education teachers, as well as the home to the cal, psychological, or other forms of abuse and neglect.1 By 2011 it nation’s ﬁrst comprehensive shelter for victims of elder abuse. is projected that 1 in 5 Americans will be 65 years of age or older.2 As early as 1996, the Hebrew Home recognized the need to The segment of our population over 85 is the fastest-growing seg- focus multidisciplinary professional and governmental attention on ment of the population, increasing from 4 million in 2000 to an elder abuse and assembled a panel of professionals to discuss this estimated 19 million by 2050.3 As a result of this demographic shift rapidly growing public health problem. In the following years the in the country’s aging population, experts anticipate that reports of Hebrew Home partnered with the Westchester County and Bronx elder abuse will escalate. District Attorneys’ ofﬁces to collaborate on educational seminars Reported cases are only the tip of the iceberg. For every reported to help law enforcement identify and respond effectively to elder case, an estimated ﬁve more go unreported.4 Family members are abuse. Thereafter, the Hebrew Home developed other collaborative more often abusers than are any other group.5 The 2004 survey of partnerships and continued to participate in trainings on all aspects state adult protective service agencies found when abuse reports were of elder abuse, including ﬁnancial abuse. substantiated that the most common relationship of perpetrator to In 2004, through an initial partnership with the Pace Women’s victim was adu
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