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Assisted Living and Nursing Home Abuse - An Unnecessary Phenomenon

Steve Wagner

Statistics from the National Center on Elder Abuse reveal that one out of every ten adults in assisted living or nursing home care experience physical or emotional abuse of some kind, and as many as 41 out of 1000 elders experience financial abuse in these facilities.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Most instances of assisted living abuse do not come out in the open as the victims are overcome with fear, embarrassment, or they simply lack the physical means, such as access to a telephone, in order to report that abuse.

The rate of abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are exceedingly high. One study records 44% of nursing home residents being abused, and 95% of nursing home residents neglected. The U.S. General Accountability Office reveals 70% of state surveys failing to record at least one deficiency in nursing homes and 15% of surveys overlooking the harm and immediate jeopardy of a nursing home resident.

Assisted living abuse can take place in many ways:

  • Physical abuse, which may include the use of non-accidental force, administering inappropriate drugs, and sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse, including verbal abuse, isolating the patient, and reducing access to amenities
  • Financial exploitation, by extorting money, misusing credit cards, and committing health care fraud
  • Neglect, such as not providing the required care, or attending to injuries

One out of two nursing home staff admit to subjecting elder patients under their care to physical violence, mental abuse, or neglect. 17% of certified nursing assistants have pushed, grabbed, or shoved a nursing home resident, 51% of them have yelled at them, and 23% of them have insulted or cursed at them.

Such abuse can lead to severe injuries, permanent disability, or even death. The reasons for such neglect may be inadequately trained staff, deliberate malicious intent of the caregivers, or cutbacks by the facility to save on costs.

Regardless of the reasons or the identity of the abusers, if you or your loved ones are the victims of such abuse, get in touch with a nursing home abuse attorney immediately. A nursing home abuse attorney will help you to understand your rights, and file a personal injury lawsuit against the perpetrator of the abuse.

Wagner Reese, with its team of experienced nursing home attorneys, can help you bring justice back to those who cannot care for themselves. Help us put an end to assisted living abuse.

Contact us on (888) 204-8440 for a free evaluation of your case.


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