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How Common Is Nursing Home Abuse In The United States?

Did you or a loved one have been victims of a nursing home abuse? Contact Malloy Law Offices, LLC today!

Almost 1.5 million people live in nursing homes in the United States. We trust them with our family. Unfortunately, 1 in 6 seniors report abuse while in community care. Nursing home abuse affects thousands of families each year. Back in 2014, over 14,000 complaints that were filed against nursing home were associated with abuse or neglect. In addition, the top 3 types of abuse that senior residents experience is physical, resident-on-resident, and psychological.

Who’s At Risk For Nursing Home Abuse?

Any older person in an assisted or senior living facility may be a victim of abuse from a nursing home. However, some residents may be at higher risks than others:

  • Gender – Women have a higher chance of being abused than men. More than 60% of elder abuse victims were women
  • Socioeconomic status – There is a correlation between socioeconomic status and elder abuse. For instance, residents who rely on Medicaid to receive nursing home care may wind up in a facility that provides low quality care
  • Post trauma – Victims of any type of abuse are more likely to be abused again.
  • Health problems – Poor mental and physical health may increase the risk of abuse. Moreover, 50% of elders with dementia experience abuse or neglect.

Who Is Often At-Fault?

The most common people to do the abusing

  • Family members – Unfortunately, family members make up the majority of the cases related to elder abuse.
  • In-home care givers -Nurses and other care givers can be hired in helping a senior. However, they can also commit neglect or abuse.
  • Nursing home staff members – Staff members that are frustrated, exhausted, or manipulative may harm the residents they’re supposed to care for.
  • Other nursing home residents – Other residents are just as capable of committing abuse as well.

Contact Our Attorneys Today!

Nursing homes should provide a protection and care environment, not spaces of neglect and violence. Here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC, we understand what our clients go through when their loved one is not in the hands of a good caregiver. Don’t let them suffer. Let us fight for them. If you would like to see more on how our attorneys handle these unexpected events, click here to view more. Lastly, call (888) 607-8690 for a free consultation.