The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative has a Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit now available. “The Toolkit is designed to help you identify and implement a tribal elder protection team. The toolkit is made up of several sections. Each section contains information that concentrates on different aspects of developing a tribal elder protection team.” Obviously, since I’m posting it here, medical services are included in the team outline. You’ll find the following five sections:
- Section 1: Introduction
An overview of elder protection teams and issues specific to tribal communities.
- Section 2: Developing a Tribal Elder Protection Team
Learn about the benefits, how to get started, and barriers to service.
- Section 3: Developing Tribal Elder Abuse Codes
The tribal elder abuse code allows the tribe to establish laws that protect elderly persons from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
- Section 4: Team Members
The team is made up of a coordinator, group of professionals, the elder, family members, and community members from diverse disciplines.
- Section 5: Cultural Sensitivity Resources
Responding to elder abuse, interviewing elders, and tips for developing tribal relationships are discussed in this section.
You’ll also find some online education modules on their site, and while none of them are healthcare specific, I noted that healthcare is listed as one of the future topics, so continue to check back. Regardless, for those of you working with tribal communities, there is some solid, basic education available that is worth sharing with your team, particularly if they haven’t had much in the way of elder abuse education.