Placing a family member in a nursing home can be difficult and painful. Families often do not have the resources or skills to care for an elderly family member and must place their trust in a skilled nursing facility. Sadly, this trust is violated at a staggering rate in the United States. More than two million cases of abuse involving elderly residents in nursing homes are reported each year. One out of every ten elderly individuals will experience some sort of elder abuse, with a majority of abuse cases going unreported.
Elder Abuse Cases Reported Each Year:
- Neglect 58.5%
- Physical Abuse 15.7%
- Financial Abuse 12.3%
- Emotional Abuse 7.3%
- Sexual Abuse .04%
- All Other Types 5.1%
- Unknown .06%
Neglect is the most common form of elder abuse. Ninety-five percent of nursing home residents have said they had been neglected or saw another resident neglected. Family members need to watch for signs of abuse or neglect which may not be as obvious as bruises or broken bones, such as weight loss and dehydration. Muddled or confused thoughts can be a sign of over-medication or excessive use of sedatives. Dirty or torn clothing and linens are also a sign to look for.
Financial abuse is also very common in nursing home facilities. Residents may be coerced into revising wills, deeds, or trusts, withdraw cash from bank accounts, or take out loans. Caregivers may also steal from residents, including the patient’s identity.
If you suspect that your loved one has experienced any form of abuse from their caregivers, don’t wait to get help. Call The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess immediately for a free consultation. (887)234-7573