We recognize the responsibility for responding to and preventing elder abuse and neglect fatalities lies within the community, and not with any single agency or entity. We further recognize that a careful examination of the fatalities provides the opportunity to develop education, prevention, and if necessary prosecution strategies, that will lead to improved coordination of services for families and our elder population.
The Sacramento Elder Death Review Team (EDRT) will carefully and critically examine deaths associated with suspected elder abuse and/or neglect, identify, and work towards the implementation of prevention strategies to protect our elder population.
The goals of EDRT are:
Prevent elder abuse fatalities
Examine deaths of elders with suspected elder abuse and/or neglect
Identify patterns that lead to fatal outcomes
Determine whether reviewed deaths could have been preventable
Develop prevention strategies
Increase awareness of the responsibility of each Health Care Provider to consider abuse or neglect as a contributing factor to death
Increase awareness of the responsibility of each Health Care Provider to refer cases arising from abuse or neglect to the appropriate agencies including, but not limited to: Coroner, Adult Protective Services, State Licensing Department, Ombudsman, and Law Enforcement.
Improve system responses by identifying gaps in delivery services
Prosecution of offenders
Develop intervention strategies to reduce fatalities and eliminate ongoing abuse and/or Neglect