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Understanding nursing home abuse

Because people are living longer than ever before, it is becoming more and more important to establish plans for the end of one's life. Ideally, we like to think of our loved ones caring for us when we no longer can. Unfortunately, this can be a difficult task, as it is likely that our loved ones will still be working or enjoying their retirement. Thus, many turn to nursing home facilities to provide this necessary care. While many of these facilities are safe and pleasant places to live, others fail to meet basic standards, causing residents to be put at risk.

Nursing home abuse is a serious situation. It is also one that many fail to report right of way. Maybe they don't want to admit that it is happening to them or maybe they are unable to voice their concerns. No matter the situation, nursing home residents have rights and the ability to take action if he or she is a victim of nursing home abuse.

Abuse of the elderly can take place in various setting, such as community centers, private homes and nursing home facility. In 2014, roughly 1.4 million individuals were living in nursing homes and 835,200 elderly residents lived in residential care communities. It was back in the 1970s when the concern of nursing abuse became widespread. Back then, nursing homes were relatively unregulated and had little oversight.

Based on data from 2014, roughly 7.6 percent of the 188,599 complaints reported involved abuse, gross neglect or exploitation. Elder abuse can come in many forms. It can be physical, causing an individual pain, wounds or injuries. It can be psychological, causing an individual psychological distress, emotional symptoms and depression. Elder abuse can be financial, exploiting the elderly by causing them to experience a large economic loss. Elder abuse can also be social, cause hospitalizations and disabilities and could cause medical bills to rack up.

If a resident or their loved ones suspect that elder abuse is occurring, it is important to take action. By evidencing this, it is possible to not only hold a liable party accountable for elder abuse but also help with the collection of compensation to cover losses and damages caused by the horrible situation.

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