According to a 2017 study performed by the U.S. National Institute on Aging, more than 50 percent of elderly Americans will spend their golden years in a nursing home. Most nursing homes are excellent institutions, but some, unfortunately, have neglectful or even abusive employees. Throughout the United States, as many as five million senior citizens are physically harmed each year by nursing home abuse or neglect.
Forms of Nursing Home Abuse
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), approximately 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 will face some form of physical abuse from a caregiver. There are many ways that a trusted caregiver can cause injury to a senior citizen, ranging from physical harm to sexual or emotional abuse. Due to the frailty of many elderly Americans, physical abuse such as a shove to the ground can result in broken bones or other serious injuries. If you notice bruises, abrasions, or odd marks on your loved one, you should consider removing them from their nursing home and contacting law enforcement.
Unfortunately, sexual abuse is not uncommon in nursing homes. This type of abuse can range from unwanted touching to forced intercourse. In some instances, nursing home residents suffering from disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are sexually manipulated by employees. Regardless of the situation, when a nursing home employee engages in sexual actions with a resident, they are more than likely attempting to exploit a vulnerable individual....