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CDC Reports on Elder Abuse

For families, deciding to place their loved one in a nursing home is no easy task, especially if their loved one wants to remain independent. Unfortunately though, sometimes the elderly adult simply requires more round-the-clock care than their children and grandchildren can provide, especially when they are confined to a wheelchair or suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

If you are thinking about placing your loved one in a nursing home, convalescent home, or extended living facility, please be aware that elder abuse, also called "nursing home abuse" is common among nursing homes. How could this be? There are several reasons, some of them including:

  • Understaffing for profit purposes (frequently leads to neglect)
  • Poor hiring practices (e.g. hiring people without running background checks)
  • Lack of training and supervision of nursing home staff
  • Poorly trained, underpaid workers

How big is the problem? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), elder abuse is a "significant health problem." The CDC reports that each year, hundreds of thousands of elderly adults age 60 and over are either abused, neglected, or financially exploited.

CDC: 1 Out of Every 10 Residents is a Victim

According to the CDC, 1 out of every 10 nursing home residents age 60 and older are victims of abuse or neglect. What's more, the CDC contends that that statistic is likely underestimated because so many victim are either unable to report the abuse, or they're afraid to because of what might happen to them.

The CDC reports that the following six types of abuse are most common in nursing homes: 1) physical abuse, 2) sexual abuse, 3) emotional abuse, 4) neglect, 5) abandonment, and 6) financial abuse.

Are you afraid that your loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect? If so, we urge you to scroll through our directory to find a nursing home abuse attorney who can help you and your family fight for just compensation.

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