Continuing from Nursing Home Abuse Facts and Statistics (Part 1)¸ the following provides some additional facts and statistics regarding the prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect in the U.S. These nursing home abuse statistics have been compiled and presented by various public and private organizations (including the National Center on Elder Abuse, the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, etc.):
- In many cases, abused residents are unlikely to come forward to report the abuse they have suffered because they are afraid of retaliation, they don’t want the abuser to get into trouble and/or they lack the mental ability to report the abuse. In fact, one study found that only about 1 out of every 14 cases of nursing home abuse is ever reported.
- Aside from nursing home staff, others who commit nursing home abuse are family members of elderly patients. In fact, one study found that more than 80 percent of the abusers of nursing home residents were family members.
- Having a physical or cognitive disability increases a resident’s chances of being the victim of some type of nursing home abuse. Specifically, one study found that more than 55 percent of residents who had disabilities were the victims of some type of nursing home abuse at least once during their residency.
- Residents who are abused have about a 300 percent higher risk of death than residents who are not abused.
- While most of the reported cases of nursing home abuse specifically involved neglect (about 58 percent), physical abuse and financial exploitation were reported in nearly 16 percent and more than 12 percent of all nursing home abuse cases, respectively. Emotional abuse and sexual abuse were reported in approximately 7 percent and 5 percent of cases, respectively.
- The most common manifestations of nursing home abuse are bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, poor hygiene, lack of medical care and preventable accidents.
St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
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