Neglect, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Abandonment: Who’s Affected?
Do you have a loved one who has suffered abuse or neglect at a nursing home within the last two years?
Nursing home neglect is a significant problem in the United States.
“Rates of elder abuse are high in institutions such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities, with 2 in 3 staff reporting that they have committed abuse in the past year,” notes the World Health Organization (WHO).
Based on systemic reviews and analyses, the rates of elder abuse seem higher within institutions rather than in community settings, according to WHO.
Nursing home neglect is not only heart-wrenching—it’s against the law.
“1 in 5 emergency room visits among nursing home residents was attributed to abuse or neglect in a 2019 report from the Office of Inspector General,” per WHO. In fact, 7.6 percent of complaints filed within long-term care facilities are about abuse, exploitation, or neglect of patients.
Families turn to institutions like nursing homes for help and comfort when it comes to taking care of their loved ones. Systemic abuse and neglect should not be tolerated, and any institution that does not recognize harmful patterns and behaviors must be held accountable.
Overview: Types of Nursing Home Negligence
Elder abuse and neglect often occur in long-term care institutions such as skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential boards, care homes, or even adult daycare centers.
While elder abuse laws vary from state to state, generally they refer to any of the following types of mistreatment:
- Neglect — Refusal or repeated failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care or protection for a vulnerable elder. Signs of nursing home neglect can include bed sores, pressure sores, fractures from falls, malnutrition, dehydration, and chronic infections, including frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), especially in males.
- Physical Abuse — Inflicting, or threatening to inflict, physical pain or injury on a vulnerable elder, or depriving them of a basic need.
- Sexual Abuse — Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind, coercing an elder to witness sexual behaviors.
- Abandonment — The desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person. This can include cases where a senior was not properly cared for or left behind during a natural disaster.
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence
It’s important to note that signs of nursing home negligence may not always be present. However, if you notice one or more of the following problems it’s imperative that you report your suspicions. If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police for immediate help. Calling an elder abuse hotline and/or elder law attorney will provide additional tools to get the answers you need.
Warning signs of nursing home neglect may include:
- Bedsores, pressure sores, bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment
- Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse
- Falls, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, chronic infections, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible nursing home neglect
- Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs of potential elder abuse
Shocking Nursing Home Negligence Statistics
- Over 90 percent of U.S. nursing homes have staffing levels too low to provide adequate resident care
- Only 1 in 14 incidents of elder abuse are ever reported to authorities
- 1 in 3 nursing homes across the country have been cited for nursing home neglect and other related infractions. Common problems include untreated bed sores, inadequate medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate hygiene and sanitation
- An National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) research brief states that 44 percent of nursing home residents reported being abused and 95 percent said they had been neglected or had seen another resident neglected
- Elders who experience neglect, even modest neglect, have a 300 percent plural higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been neglected, per NCEA
- People with dementia are at a greater risk of elder abuse than those without. 50 percent of people with dementia experience some kind of abuse. A 2010 study found that 47 percent of participants with dementia had been mistreated by their caregivers, according to NCEA
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If you know someone who may have experienced neglect at the hands of an institutional caregiver within the last two years, take action now.
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