Nursing Home and Assisted Living Abuse Statistics: How to Protect Your Loved Ones
We all worry about the day when caring for our family members becomes so burdensome that we can no longer do it. We have to turn to assisted living facilities and nursing homes to make sure they receive the best care possible. They helped raise you, now it is time to make sure that they can live the best lives possible.
Yet we also hear of more-and-more stories of elder abuse in these facilities, something that would be a nightmare for any family who experiences it. So how common is elder abuse and how do we protect our loved ones from becoming victims of this crime?
As it turns out, elder abuse has such a history that agencies conducting research on the problem categorize the abuse by different types: there is straightforward elder abuse, abuse against individuals with dementia, abuse against individuals with disabilities, and so on. Even with these categories, there are more than two million cases of elder abuse reported in the United States, which equates roughly to 1 in 10.
While there are multiple categories of abuse, there are particularly common forms of elder abuse. The most common is neglect, in which the healthcare provider doesn’t provide the necessary care to the patient. Surprisingly—or, if you pay attention to news reports, not so surprising—the second most common abuse is financial abuse: elder patients tend to be more trusting, and there are numerous individuals who will take advantage of that.
With how common it is in the United States, how do you protect your loved ones from being abused in one of these facilities?
The best thing to do to prevent elder abuse is to visit frequently. The more you visit, the more you will be able to recognize something amiss with the care of your family member. You will also be able to report the abuse more rapidly, preventing it from continuing in the future.
The second best thing is to simply pay attention to your relative. If you see marks on their bodies, keep note of these, and ask them about their care. Many will simply tell you that they aren’t being treated well. If they don’t, you will be able to tell by the marks on their body or the conditions they are living in.
Ultimately, by simply paying attention to the conditions of your family member, you should be able to get a pretty good sense the quality of care they are receiving. If there is something amiss, report it immediately and make sure they receive the best care possible!