Nursing home abuse is all too common. Our elders too often endure physical, emotional, or financial harm as well as neglect—far more often than is reported—while in a facility being paid to care for and protect them.
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Nursing home abuse takes many forms, potentially actionable abuses include:
Elder abuse is extremely common, especially in nursing homes. In general, as people age, they are more likely to experience abuse, and adults in nursing homes are even more likely than other older adults to be abused or neglected.
Studies estimate that:
In one national survey of nursing home staff members:
Many factors contribute to nursing home abuse and neglect:
Click here to read about specific circumstances that factor into determining whether a nursing home is negligent when a patient is harmed.
It is difficult to collect accurate statistics about nursing home abuse, partly because nursing home abuse is underreported. Why?
Experts estimate that for each report of abuse, 24 more go unreported or undetected.
Studies generally indicate that 90 percent of abusers are trusted individuals: staff, other residents, or familiar visitors.
Breaking down types of abuse, one study that collected self-reports found:
Yet another study that also used self-reporting found:
The statistics above reflect just two of the many studies and surveys of nursing home abuse. Virtually all those reviewed state that abuse is underreported (at least one source says that for each report of abuse, 24 go unreported or undetected) and that collecting accurate statistics is not really possible. That is evident from just the two studies statistics listed above. However, all sources agree on one disturbing fact: nursing home abuse is far more prevalent than reports would indicate.
Click here to read details about the types of abuse and their legal implications.
If you suspect or are certain a loved one living in a nursing home has experienced abuse, contact us. We are here to help and advise you.
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