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Resident Abuse in Nursing Homes

In recent months the issues and circumstances surrounding Nursing Home abuse and neglect have finally started to receive much needed attention from government officials and the general public. 

Nursing home abuse and/or elder abuse can be difficult to identify for a variety of reasons. Some types of abuse are more complex than others. The following list contains the most commonly identified types of abuse and mistreatment:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Exploitation
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment 

When a nursing home resident is a victim of physical abuse it is a common preconception that the abuser(s) are staff- however recent studies have found that a significant percentage of nursing home abuse (1 out of every 5 residents) is actually residents to resident abuse.

This new information is still being explored and investigated but brings to light yet another issue Nursing Home administration must address. When we place our elderly loved ones in Nursing Homes we do so under the pretenses that they will be safe from harm. If the negligence of nursing home staff results in injury to residents they can, and should be held accountable. For more information about nursing home abuse and neglect click here.