How great is the problem of nursing home abuse and neglect?

The population of the United States is aging, and the problem of nursing home abuse and neglect is increasing.

Elder abuse is known to be a serious problem, and it is believed to be underreported. Many professionals working with older Americans may not detect elder abuse when it occurs, and seniors may not always speak up, because they are afraid or because of communication barriers. One study estimated that only 1 in every 14 elder abuse cases ever comes to the attention of authorities.

The most recent major studies of elder abuse indicated that between 7.6 percent and 10 percent of participants experienced elder abuse within the previous year. Studies also indicate that older adults with dementia are more at risk of elder abuse and neglect. According to a 2009 study, nearly 50 percent of adults with dementia experience mistreatment.

Abuse and neglect in nursing homes is a major problem. According to a study of 2,000 nursing home residents in 2000, 44 percent said they had been abused and 95 percent said they had been neglected or had seen neglect of another resident.

If your loved one was harmed by nursing home abuse or neglect, contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation.

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