FREE LCSW Practice Question: Elder Abuse and Neglect

By Heidi Tobe on August 6, 2018

In last month’s FREE ASWB Exam Prep question blog, we posed a challenging question on child abuse and neglect. This month we are exploring the topic of elder abuse and neglect. Like child abuse and neglect, this is a topic that we can say with near certainty will show up on your ASWB social work licensing exams, whether you are studying for your master's level or clinical level exam. Especially for those of us who do not work with the elderly population, this can be a particularly difficult topic. Our LMSW and LCSW ASWB Social Work Exam programs will prepare you with all of the knowledge and reasoning skills needed to confidently and correctly answer questions pertaining to elder abuse and neglect.

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How Might Elder Abuse and Neglect Show Up on the Exam?

Questions may include:   

  • Emotional abuse signs
  • Physical abuse signs
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Nursing home neglect
  • When to report vs. when to gather more information/clarify

Our FREE ASWB social work exam practice question this week focuses on this very topic. Are you ready for questions on elder abuse and neglect that are bound to show up on your LMSW or LCSW exam? Let’s find out!

Elder Abuse and Neglect Practice Question:

A nursing home social worker works meets with an 82 year old woman who is a new resident. Towards the end of their first session, an employee comes in informing the client that her daughter has arrived to visit her. The client becomes upset and repeatedly states "please don't let her in here. Don’t let her near me.” What should the social worker do NEXT?

A. Contact the client's daughter to inquire why she doesn’t want to see her

B. Inform the daughter she needs to leave and escort her from the premises

C. Explore with the client why she doesn’t want her daughter to come in

D. Make an Adult Protective Services report on suspicions of abuse

We encourage you to share your answer and rationale in the comments section below. Then come back tomorrow for a thorough discussion of the answer and rationale.

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Commenter Name
August 24, 2018

Answer C. Need to gently try to obtain more information from the client first. Other steps may need to be taken subsequently, but first step is attempt to have client share more specific info.

Commenter Name
September 21, 2018

C explore why client does not want to see her daughter. There is not enough information to decide on as to whether there is abuse.

Commenter Name
September 23, 2018

C. We need to explore. We don't have enough information to decide what to do Next.

Commenter Name
September 25, 2018

I chose C. We need more information, in order to proceed with APS report

Commenter Name
October 9, 2018

Thanks for the free study tool.

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October 9, 2018

You're welcome!

Commenter Name
November 9, 2018

I choose C. See can be done first. You first need to explore. You just don't want to jump to conclusions.
The Patient could have just had a bad day or a simple argument with her daughter. All of the rest can be done after C.

Commenter Name
January 5, 2019

I chose C so to receive clarification as to why the patient does not want daughter to see her.

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January 6, 2019


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May 14, 2019

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Commenter Name
September 5, 2019

The answer is C. We don't have enough information to determine that there is Elder abuse going on.

Commenter Name
January 27, 2021

C. We need more info on why the client doesn't want to see her daughter.

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