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Updated: Sep 13, 2023

''Nursing home abuse and neglect has been a nationally recognized problem since the 1970s, according to the U.S. National Research Council.

It occurs when elderly residents suffer serious injuries or neglect while living in a nursing home. The abuse or mistreatment of elders can lead to mental problems, serious illnesses, and even death.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), 1 in 10 adults at least 60 years old or older will experience elder abuse in any given year. Families often have no other choice but to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility. This is often the case for seniors who suffer from physical or mental conditions that need round-the-clock care.

Most families trust that their elderly loved one will be well taken care of in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility — as these facilities are designed to keep seniors safe and healthy.

Unfortunately, there are reports of older adult residents being seriously injured or dying in nursing homes throughout the United States.

Nursing home residents can suffer the following types of abuse:

  • Emotional abuse

  • Verbal abuse

  • Physical abuse

  • Psychological abuse

  • Financial abuse or financial exploitation

  • Serious neglect (like bedsores) and malnutrition

  • Social isolation

  • Sexual abuse or sexual assault

No matter what form it takes, abuse brings serious harm and is unacceptable.''

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Published By: Sokolove Law


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