The HSE published its 7th review of the HSE’s Elder Abuse Services for 2014. In 2014, there were a total of 2,592 referrals made to the elder abuse service which is an increase of 5% on referrals from 2013. This represents the largest number of referrals received in any year since the service was established.
Of these, psychological abuse was the most frequently reported form of abuse at 29%, followed by financial abuse (21%), self-neglect (21%), neglect (15%) and physical abuse (12%). In total, 66% of referrals related to females and, of these, the majority were in the over 80s age category (54%). Applying the referral rates/1000 population across all HSE areas, the referral rate is between three and a half and four times greater in the over 80’s when compared to the 65-79 year age category. Public Health Nursing Service continues to be the main referral source despite a 4% drop from 2013 to (29%), followed by the hospital (14%) and family (13%). There was a significant increase in the number of concerns that first originated from older people themselves, from 19% in 2013 to 26%in 2014
Download the Elder Abuse Report for 2014