September 24, 2014
Here is the conclusion to our blog series Nursing Home Abuse Statistics: The Prevalence of Nursing Home Abuse in the U.S.
More Statistics for Nursing Home Abuse among the Impaired
- Of all of the impairments that residents may be living with, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease tend to be the most dangerous in terms of putting residents at risk of being the targets of nursing home abuse. Tragically, this is because the perpetrators of nursing home abuse often target people who they believe:
- Will not remember that they have been abused
- Will not be able to inform others of the abuse.
- Elucidating the aforementioned nursing home abuse statistics, two independent studies have found that as many as 50 percent of disabled elderly residents in U.S. nursing homes have been mistreated, neglected and/or abused by their caregivers in these facilities.
Impacts of Nursing Home Abuse
- People who are victimized by nursing home abuse often become unable to complete common day-to-day activities and can develop emotional and physical symptoms – even if they do not necessarily remember being the victims of abuse (due to, for instance, having Alzheimer’s disease).
- When people in nursing homes are the subjects of abuse – even if this abuse is relatively mild or only occurs in a single instance (rather than being ongoing), they have a 300 percent increased risk of death when compared to residents who have not been the subjects of abuse.
- The psychological stress among abuse victims is significantly higher while the self-esteem among abuse victims is substantially lower (than non-victims).
- When it comes to the physiological impacts of nursing home abuse, victims are far more likely to suffer an increased incidence of heart problems, chronic pain, high blood pressure, digestive problems and joint problems. Additionally, depression and severe anxiety are far more common among nursing home abuse victims than non-victims.
- There are some significant economic impacts of nursing home abuse. In fact, the direct costs of health care to treat victims of nursing home abuse are more than $5.3 billion each year.
The Bottom Line: We Are Here to Help Nursing Home Victims
These facts about nursing home abuse in the U.S. make it imperative that the relatives of people in nursing homes are aware of the signs of this abuse and that they know that they have legal recourse for holding the perpetrators of this abuse responsible – both in criminal and civil court.
You Can Rely on a Denver Nursing Home Attorney at Cristiano Law, LLC
If you believe your loved one has been victimized by nursing home abuse, a Denver nursing home attorney at Cristiano Law, LLC is here for you.
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