Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
CAVALCANTI, Maria de Lourdes Tavares and SOUZA, Edinilsa Ramos de. Perceptions of managers and health professionals about health care to elderly victims of violence in the city of Rio de Janeiro (RJ, Brazil). Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.6, pp. 2699-2708. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000600008.
This article presents the vision of managers and health professionals about the care of elderly victims of violence in Rio de Janeiro, showing the specificities of this attention in pre-hospital, hospital and rehabilitation areas, including mental health services. Based on a qualitative methodology, 20 semi-structured interviews with managers and health professionals were produced. The analysis considered the perceptions about violence against elderly, and the specificities of attention provided by SUS services to elderly victims. The State, the family and the social support organizations emerged as structuring categories of the network of care for elderly victims of violence. All attention areas presented insufficient care services or specific programs for the elderly victims of accidents and violence. Also there was a precarious network of social support for care of dependent elderly. With few exceptions elderly are treated as anyone else in public health services, without the priority set by the Statute of the Elderly. The family is called to participate in the care for the elderly in all areas of care. Abandonment, neglect, physical and psychological abuse against seniors cases were reported.
Keywords : Violence; Aging health; Health services; Elderly.