The “golden” years are often glamorized, leading many to picture a sunny spot in Arizona where the months fly by as men and women enjoy their well-earned retirement. Yet, many men and women in their late 60s and older are more vulnerable than you may realize.
Hiring a caregiver or putting your loved one in a nursing home is a tough decision to make. If you're aware of the statistics surrounding elder abuse in nursing homes and at the hands of caregivers, this choice becomes even more difficult.
Elder abuse and neglect occurs all too frequently to vulnerable adults in every U.S. state, and while there are laws in place to protect aging adults, many cases of abuse go unreported.
Elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes is an epidemic in America. Tens of thousands of complaints are filed in the U.S. each year, but a mere ten percent are thoroughly investigated. In 2016 alone, 23,760 incidents of elder abuse went uninvestigated according to the Department of Health.
The statistics behind nursing home abuse and neglect are shocking, yet many instances of elder abuse go unreported. A study conducted by the Division of the House Government Reform Committee found approximately 30 percent of nursing homes in the U.S.
Elder abuse and neglect at home and in nursing homes is vastly underreported and in many cases can lead to irreversible injuries and death. An estimated 1-2 million Americans 65 and older have suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of their caregivers.
Moving a loved one into a nursing home or assisted living center is not an easy decision to make. You trust the healthcare professionals in these institutions to provide quality care for your family member as they struggle with advanced aging.