Nursing Home Abuse

Reposting nursing home abuse is very important not only to protect the victim and their family, but also to prevent the incident from ever happening again. As the “baby boomer” generation ages, the increase in nursing home has also lead to an increase in elder abuse. According to the United States Census Bureau, about 60 million of the country’s population will be over the age of 65, and with so many types of elder abuse that can occur it is important that such abuses are identified and reported when a nursing home resident in being abused.

Crowe & Mulvey, LLP reports that the most common and obvious form of elder abuse is physical. However, there are other types of elder abuse, such as emotional, sexual, and financial exploitation, as well as many forms of neglect and maltreatment. The problem is so widespread that reports from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) around 44 percent of nursing home residents have been victims of abuse, and that 95 percent of those who participated in the survey further stated being a witness or a victim of neglect. Other studies have estimated that abuse reports are rarely done, with only 1 in every 24 abuse incidents are reported.

When you suspect a nursing home abuse and it’s an emergency, the best way to help is to call 911, otherwise, law enforcement agencies or the office of the District Attorney should be given a report. Other places to report a nursing home abuse are the APS (Adult Protective services) that offers various services and additional resources to help, as well as the National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence that provides various hotline numbers to report elder abuse in every state.

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