When our loved ones are victims of Nursing Care Abuse, it can be an emotional and financial hardship
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 10,000 adults turn 65 in the United States every day. As modern medicine makes it possible for Americans to live long past retirement, there is an increasing need for quality long term care facilities.
It is not an easy decision when a family chooses a nursing home to take over the demands of caring for an elderly loved one, a decision that can come back to haunt all parties involved if they witness signs of abuse or neglect. Nursing home and elderly abuse is a serious issue in the United States, often leading to police intervention and lawsuits. Family members should take the signs of abuse and neglect seriously and act as quickly as possible to protect elderly loved ones.
What is Elder or Nursing Home Abuse?
Hundreds of thousands of elderly individuals are abused each year either in nursing home facilities, long term care housing or even at home by trusted caretakers. Many of the abused are vulnerable due to health issues, and end up being taken advantage of or abused by those who are supposed to be helping meet their daily needs.
Recent research has estimated that there are approximately 2,150,000 cases of elderly abuse reported each year. That makes up roughly 9.5% of the entire elderly population. Keep in mind that statistics are referring only to cases that are reported, so there is really no way for sure in telling how many members of our elderly community are being abused each year.