Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places for the care of your elderly loved ones. However, nursing home abuse is far more common than thought to be, and can have incredibly detrimental effects on the victim. It is estimated that one in ten elder adults have suffered some form of abuse. Only a fraction of these abuse cases get reported. With around 5 million nursing home residents, that means there are 500,000 cases of abuse per year.
The elderly population is particularly vulnerable to different forms of abuse. Dementia, Alzheimer’s and other conditions that affect the brain greatly increase a person’s chances of falling victim to abuse. Social isolation also plays a large role in making the elderly easier targets for abusers. Often times, those who are abused have little to no way of being able to report the abuse.
There are many forms of nursing home abuse. The commonly recognized forms include emotional, physical or sexual abuse, confinement, neglect, deprivation and financial exploitation. Neglect and financial abuse are two of the most frequently occurring types of elderly abuse.
Nursing home abuse has significant impacts on the health of its inhabitants. It is reported that victims of abuse are 300 percent more likely to die than those who have not been subjected to abuse. Financial abuse also severely impacts the elderly population, costing them billions of dollars collectively.
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