According to the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys, an estimated 5 million elders are abused each year. Furthermore, approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60 and above have experienced some form of elder abuse. The rates of abuse are higher for individuals living in nursing homes or other care facilities. If you believe your loved one has experienced abuse in a nursing home, contact Cardaro & Peek for legal assistance.
According to the Administration on Aging, elder abuse is defined as, “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.” Elder abuse is not limited to just physical abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the most common forms of elder abuse also includes sexual, emotional, and financial abuse, as well as neglect. Emotional elder abuse is a growing problem in nursing homes across the country.
Neglect occurs in many forms, but it is generally defined as a failure by the caregiver to fulfill the obligations related to the elder’s care. When an older person moves into a nursing home, he or she requires a variety of different types of care depending on their physical and mental health. Common types of elder neglect include denial of needs, refusal to complete hygiene tasks, and refusal to provide medical care.
Why is Elder Abuse so Dangerous?
Whether you are a victim of elder abuse or you suspect that your loved one may be, it’s important to report the incident as soon as possible. Nursing home abuse is commonly unreported, and the victim and their families suffer as a result. Nursing home residents deserve to receive the best care that can possibly be given to them in their place of residence. They should not have to worry about physical abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect. You do not need to have substantial proof of abuse to make a report.
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