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What factors increase the risk of nursing home abuse and neglect?

People in Lexington with an elderly loved one may understand just how vulnerable many of these people are when it comes to their health and well-being. It is important that these people receive quality care that allows them to live out the remainder of their life in comfort. Unfortunately, instances of elder abuse do occur, even in nursing homes. The following are some factors that may make a person more susceptible to nursing home abuse and neglect.

If a person does not have enough social support, there is a significant uptick that they may be the victim of elder abuse. Having dementia is another factor that could lead to abuse. Also, if a person has gone through a traumatic event in the past, this increases the chances that they will be abused either financially, sexually or emotionally.

If a person is in poor physical health or has some other condition that affects their ability to function independently, this could make them more susceptible to abuse. Gender also plays a role in the chances for abuse, with females being more apt to experience abuse than males. Age also makes a difference when it comes to elder abuse and neglect, with people under age 70 being more apt to suffer financial, physical or emotional abuse.

Income is another factor that could lead a person to suffer nursing home abuse or neglect. Those who have a low income are more susceptible to suffer from abuse than people with a more significant income. Finally, with regards to financial abuse, people who do not utilize social services, have poor health, have no spouse, are black or are younger are more apt to be exploited financially.

It is important for people in Lexington who have a loved one in a nursing home to pay attention to the care their loved one receives, especially if their loved one is at risk for abuse. Nursing home abuse or neglect can lead to a poor quality of life, causes harm to a person's health and could even lead to a person's death. Therefore, those who believe their loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect may want to learn more about what options they have for addressing the situation and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.

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