Eilon Caspi, PhD

Assistant Research Professor

InCHIP


Research Overview

The general areas of research I am interested in include: 1. Improving understanding and prevention of various forms of elder mistreatment (e.g. neglect of healthcare, abuse, financial exploitation) in long-term care homes (such as nursing homes and assisted living residences); 2. Distressing and harmful resident-to-resident incidents in long-term care homes; 3. Psychosocial strategies for prevention of various forms of behavioral expressions among elders with dementia.

Selected projects I am currently working on include: 1. Trajectories leading to neglect of healthcare in assisted living and nursing homes (a qualitative study utilizing 300 state investigation reports substantiated as neglect and leading to serious bodily injury and death of residents); 2. Comparison between standard inspections and complaints with a focus on scope/severity level citation issued for mistreatment violations in nursing homes (secondary data analysis of CMS nationwide dataset consisting of state survey deficiency citations); 3. Resident-to-resident incidents in 12 assisted living residences dedicated to caring for elders with dementia in four states (examining the circumstances surrounding these episodes as well as risk and protective factors).

Examples of past projects: 1. An exploratory study examining the circumstances surrounding the death of 105 elders as a result of resident-to-resident incidents in dementia in long-term care homes; 2. Neglect of healthcare in assisted living residences; 3. Financial exploitation and drug diversion in assisted living residences.

Education

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston 2010
MA, University of Haifa 2003
BSW, Tel Aviv University 1999

Recent Publications

Caspi, E. & Sterner, A. (2019). Inhumane and deadly neglect revealed in state assisted living residences in Minnesota. Report for Elder Voice Family Advocates.

Caspi, E. (2018). The circumstances surrounding the death of 105 elders as a result of resident- to-resident incidents in dementia in long-term care homes. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 30(4), 284-308.

Caspi, E. (2017). A federal survey deficiency citation is needed for resident-to-resident aggression in U.S. nursing homes. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 29(4), 193-212.

Caspi, E. (2016). Deaths as a result of resident-to-resident altercations in dementia in long-term care homes: A need for research, policy, and prevention. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 17(1), 7-11.

Caspi, E. (2015). Aggressive behaviors between residents with dementia in an assisted living residence. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 14(4), 528- 546.

Caspi, E. (2014). Wayfinding difficulties among elders with dementia in an Assisted Living Residence. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 13(4), 429- 450.

Caspi, E. (2014). Does self-neglect occur among older adults with dementia when unsupervised in Assisted Living? An exploratory, observational study. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 26(2), 123-149.

Caspi, E., Silverstein, N.M., Porell, F., & Kwan, N. (2009). Physician outpatient contacts and hospitalizations among cognitively-impaired elderly. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 5(1), 30-42.

Contact Information
Emaileilon.caspi@uconn.edu
Phone860.486.5917
Office Location2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1248 Storrs, CT 06269-1248
CampusStorrs