Harmony recently conducted a survey of Adult Protective Services (APS) professionals throughout the country which shows a 78 percent increase in reported adult and elder abuse cases since the beginning of the economic downturn. In the study, respondents cited an increase in the aging population and better awareness of elder abuse as the key drivers for the increase in reported abuse cases.
With the increase in reported elder abuse cases, many APS organizations are struggling with the rise in demand for resources and services. In the study, 81 percent of APS professionals cited increase in demand without enough funding as the biggest challenge facing their organization. As these issues continue to grow, many agencies are also struggling with a reduction in staff and a lack of available resources.
In addition, many respondents are concerned with the current status of the Elder Justice Act, which would provide additional funds for the continuation of APS programs. Over 36 percent of respondents feel the Elder Justice Act won’t have any impact because it will not be funded, while 45 percent of APS professionals feel that the act will lead to the hiring of additional staff.
For additional information and access to the full survey results, please visit: http://info.harmonyis.com/APSIndustryReportRequest.html.
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