According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were 46.2 million people who were 65 years or older in 2014. This number is expected to grow over the next several decades. In fact, it is estimated that people over the age of 65 will outnumber people under the age of 18 for the first time by the year 2033. As a result of the aging population, the number of nursing home residents has also dramatically increased. Unfortunately, many of these residents could be abused or neglected within nursing home facilities. Take a look at these shocking nursing home statistics to understand the gravity of this problem:
Most Common Types of Abuse
Numerous studies have been conducted to determine which types of nursing home abuse are the most common. Multiple studies have confirmed that financial abuse is by far the most reported type of abuse, followed by emotional, then physical. It’s important to keep this in mind if you have a loved one in a nursing home because the signs of financial abuse are not visible.
Nursing Home Attendants
A study conducted in 2010 revealed that up to half of all nursing home attendants admit to intentionally or unintentionally abusing or neglecting nursing home residents. It’s very likely that some attendants who have committed abuse or neglect did not admit to it in the survey, which means the actual number could be much higher.
Sadly, in 90% of reported nursing home abuse cases, the victim knows her abuser. This means family members or friends who visit the victim or nursing home employees trusted to care for the victim are often responsible for abuse.
Many researchers have tried to determine how many residents are abused or neglected in nursing homes every year, however the data that they collect is often inaccurate. Why? Many victims fail to report abuse or neglect. In fact, it’s estimated that only about 20% of incidents are ever reported. This could be because the victim is scared, embarrassed, or physically unable to report the incident. It’s also possible that many of the victims lack the mental capacity to understand that they are being abused or neglected.
Because victims often don’t report abuse, it’s important for family members to monitor their loved ones to look for signs of abuse or neglect.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact Reisch Law Firm to find out how you can seek justice on behalf of your loved one. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.