Abuse of the elderly is on the rise.
Who would want to abuse our society’s most vulnerable members?
Well, it may actually be their vulnerability that leads to such high cases of abuse.
The extreme rise in cases over the last 10 years may also coincide with the extreme growth in the elderly population due to the “baby boomer” generation.
Let’s break it down by the numbers and take a look at some of the more shocking statistics surrounding elder abuse in nursing homes…
Elder abuse is far too common. Even one case of abuse against the elderly is one too many, and for many people, difficult to even fathom.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of reported cases of elder abuse in nursing homes each year in the united states alone.
So, how common is elder abuse?
As we have explored in previous posts, there are multiple types of elder abuse.
The six major categories of nursing home abuse are:
Let’s take a look at how common each type of abuse on the elderly actually is…
Emotional or psychological abuse is by far the most common kind of abuse against the elderly.
This is also one of the most difficult to identify, and the most difficult to prove. Which makes this statistic even more terrifying.
While there are certainly no excuses for abuse, especially against the elderly, there are many underlying causes that tend to present higher cases of abuse in nursing homes.
Understaffing and inadequate facilities are some of the leading causes of abuse in nursing homes.
As shocking as some of these abuse statistics maybe, even more shocking is the fact that not all nursing home abuse cases are reported…
In fact, one study reported that only 1 in 25 nursing home abuse cases are ever formally reported.
That means that the actual number of cases is astronomically higher than originally thought.
While we never want to justify abuse, it’s important to understand WHY abuse happens.
Abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age, race, or socio-economic status.
However, certain populations are more susceptible to abuse.
The elderly population, specifically in nursing homes happen to fit into that vulnerable category for a number of reasons:
The most recent report (2020) from the CDC estimates that there are 15,600 nursing homes in the United States with 1.7 million licensed beds, occupied by 1.4 million patients.
The above cases may have made headlines, but a sad truth is that many cases of nursing home abuse go unreported.
According to several studies, only 1 in every 25 cases of elder abuse are ever reported to authorities. Many elders are afraid to speak out against their abusers.
Don’t ever be afraid to speak out against abuse.
If you or a loved one have suffered from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, long-term care facility, or a similar establishment, let your voice be heard.
You may be eligible for financial compensation.
We will put you in contact with attorneys who specialize in nursing home abuse cases. They will fight to the very end to ensure you are compensated for the damages you’ve suffered.
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