Nursing home and elder abuse is an increasingly important concern in the United States. Currently, there are more than 36 million people over the age of 65 in the U.S. With the Baby Boomer generation transitioning from middle age to older adulthood, that number is expected to swell to 86.7 million by the year 2050. Naturally, many of these older adults will, at some point, require a form of nursing home or assisted living care.
While most facilities provide good care and a safe environment for our loved ones, senior citizens residing in assisted living facilities (ALFs) and nursing homes can too often find themselves vulnerable to numerous forms of harm due to poor medical treatment or the neglect and abuse of undertrained or uncaring staff. These problems are made worse by the fact that these older adults are often not able to fully communicate their needs to family or friends. It is generally believed that elderly abuse is under-reported, with estimates that almost one million senior citizens are victimized in nursing homes or ALFs every year.
General neglect is the most common manner of abuse, but older adults are also at risk for mismanaged health care, as well as, physical, mental and emotional abuse. The consequences of malpractice, neglect and abuse are potentially devastating, commonly resulting in dehydration, malnutrition, and sometimes even death.
Because these are serious issues that families face regularly, InjuryBoard has compiled the information in this Help Center to assist you and your loved ones in keeping safe and preventing abuse and neglect in nursing homes and ALFs. If you or a loved one has been injured as result of nursing home neglect or elder abuse, you will learn more about what to do when an accident or injury occurs.
The information in this Help Center has been arranged into the following sections:
- Choosing the Right Facility
- Staying Safe and Preventing Elder Abuse
- How to Identify Elder Abuse
- When You’re Having Trouble or Suspect Abuse
- Legal Issues and the Elderly
In each of these articles you will find expert analysis, key strategies, and bottom line advice to help you navigate the challenging and complex circumstances surrounding instances of elder abuse. By reading and putting this information into practice you will be well on your way to keeping your loved ones safe and preventing abuse while making the best possible decisions in situations where abuse or neglect has already occurred.