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Nursing Home Abuse Prevalent Between Residents, Study Concludes

by John Gomez | Last Updated: September 7, 2016
Nursing Home Abuse

Approximately 1.5 million people in the United States live in some sort of assisted living facility.  That number will grow quickly in the coming years as the population of the country ages collectively.  As this occurs, there will likely be more problems that arise that relate to nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect.  Many of us think of workers when we hear about nursing home abuse.

According to a recent study, however, abuse committed by residents on other residents is also a serious problem.  Below you’ll find an overview of that study.  Anyone who has been harmed in this manner needs to contact a nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible.

About the Nursing Home Abuse Study

The study appeared in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.  Those interested can read the abstract for the study here.  Researchers analyzed data relating to 6,848 older residents of assisted living facilities in the United States.

Furthermore, the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities provided the data.  They found the following statistics regarding conduct residents had engaged in during the previous 30 days:

  • 7.6 percent of residents had engaged in physical aggression or abuse toward other residents or staff members.
  • 9.5 percent of residents had engaged in verbal forms of aggression or abuse.
  • 2 percent of residents had engaged in sexual aggression or abuse towards other residents or staff members.

These percentages translate to the following real-number incidents:

  • More than 100,000 facility residents engage in physical abuse every month.
  • More than 142,000 facility residents engage in verbal abuse every month.
  • Approximately 30,000 facility residents engage in sexual abuse every month.

These are clearly troubling numbers.  Based on the data, the researchers made several recommendations based on this information.  Specifically, they recommended that facility management teams, staff members and researchers pay more attention to this problem in hopes that preventative steps can be identified and implemented.

The Nature of Nursing Home Abuse

Millions of people suffer through nursing home abuse every year in the United States.  Most experts agree that a large number of abuse cases are never reported to authorities, and that is perhaps more troubling.  Nursing home abuse is terrifying, demeaning, dehumanizing and can lead to serious medical problems and even death.  As such, people need to learn to recognize warning signs of nursing home abuse.  This abuse could be at the hands of staff members, other residents or someone else.  Examples of common warning signs include:

  • The appearance of sudden physical injuries
  • Sudden personality changes
  • Visitors not being allowed to visit residents for suspicious reasons
  • Unexplained financial difficulties
  • Loss of weight and/or appetite

There are many others.  The National Institute on Aging has published a more complete list.  Those interested can find it here.

How a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Can Help

You need to act as soon as possible to protect a loved one who may be suffering from abuse.  Doing so could make an enormous difference between putting an end to such conduct or a much more negative result.

Therefore, if you need legal advice, contact a San Diego nursing home abuse lawyer at Gomez Trial Attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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