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What factors contribute to nursing home abuse and neglect?

It is an unfortunate fact that sometimes our most vulnerable individuals are taken advantage of, neglected or even abused by those who are tasked with caring for them. When we place a loved one in a nursing home, we hope that they will take good care of our loved one. However, nursing home abuse and neglect does occur. It is important, then, for people in Lexington to understand what risk factors contribute to elder abuse.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some risk factors that may lead to elder abuse are on an individual level. For example, a person who has a mental illness, is hostile or who is an alcoholic may be more likely to commit elder abuse. Being unprepared for the rigors it takes to care for the elderly, or taking on caregiving while young can also lead to abuse and neglect, as can inadequate coping skills. Also, those who experienced child abuse may be more apt to commit elder abuse.

Some risk factors that may lead to elder abuse are on a relationship level. For example, caregivers who are dependent on their charge financially and emotionally may commit abuse. Also, if a caregiver does not have social or formal support, it may lead to elder abuse.

Finally, some risk factors that may lead to elder abuse are on a societal level. One factor is a high tolerance of behaving aggressively. Another is health care professionals having a larger reign of freedom when it comes to caring for a person and making decisions for them. Negative assumptions about the elderly is a risk factor, as is a society that encourages victims to suffer in silence. Unsympathetic attitudes towards nursing home residents, ongoing issues with staffing, workplace stressors and a lack of administrative oversight can also ead to nursing home abuse and neglect.

As this shows, there are many factors that can contribute to the problem of nursing home abuse and neglect. It is important to keep an eye on those caring for our elderly loved ones. However, even the most vigilant person cannot always stop nursing home abuse and neglect. Therefore, the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect and their loved ones may want to discuss their case with an attorney to determine how to proceed legally.

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