More importantly, the abused nursing home residents are 300% more likely to die in the following 3 years than those residents who are not abused. Astonishingly, 16% of all seniors in nursing homes may become a victim of abuse or neglect. And worse still, a congressional report exposed that after a two-year investigation, a third of all nursing homes were reported for various violations that had the potential to cause harm, while 10% of violations were severe enough to actually cause harm to its residents.
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When it comes to polling of the residents themselves, nearly half have stated that they have experienced abuse at some point, while almost all of them reported seeing other elderly residents being abused.
Such deplorable statistics urged the legislative bodies of all 50 states to institute anti-elder-abuse laws, some more severe and effective than others.
Not all abuse that occurs in the nursing homes is the same. Generally, it can be divided into six categories:
1. Physical abuse – Is the most easily spotted by the inspections and the family. It can range from slapping, pinching, and hitting to broken bones.
2. Sexual abuse – Involves sexual exploitation of patients who are physically or mentally too compromised to consent.
3. Psychological abuse – The most difficult one to spot and legally pursue as it involves subtle torment of the patient, which could be unclear to the outsider, even if observed directly.
4. Financial abuse – This abuse can range from petty theft and blackmail to takeover of banking accounts and fraudulent usage of patient’s name in order to apply for a credit.
5. Neglect – Usually results from poor management of the facility, instead of intentional malice.
6. Resident-on-resident abuse – Also resulting from the failure of the facility to provide safety from other residents.