September 18, 2014
In continuation of Nursing Home Abuse Statistics: The Prevalence of Nursing Home Abuse in the U.S. (Pt. 1), here, we will resume our discussion of the incidence of abuse in American nursing homes.
While the first part of this blog disclosed some general facts about the elderly population in the U.S., below we will reveal some interesting statistics about how often nursing home abuse occurs and who is more likely to be victimized by it.
General Facts about Nursing Home Abuse in the U.S.
- In general, female nursing home residents are more likely than male residents to be victimized in nursing homes; additionally, the older residents are, the more likely they are to be abused in nursing homes.
- While nursing home abuse can be perpetrated by the staff who operate these facilities (and who are paid to take care of residents), it’s just as common for this abuse to be committed by relatives of an elderly person. In fact, relatives who abuse drugs and/or alcohol or who may have an emotional or mental condition are far more likely to perpetrate nursing home abuse.
- Victims of financial abuse in nursing homes are far more likely to report their victimization than people who may be the subjects of physical, psychological and sexual abuse in nursing homes.
- Although there seems to be a promising trend of nursing home abuse victims reporting their abuse more often, the vast majority of abuse still goes unreported. This is primarily because abuse victims are ashamed, afraid of retaliation from their abusers and/or they do not want to get their abusers in trouble.
Nursing Home Abuse and the Disabled
- When elderly people in nursing homes have a physical disability and/or mental impairment, they are far more likely to be the targets of nursing home abuse.
- Although nursing home abuse among nondisabled residents tends to target female residents more often than male residents, the incidence of abuse among the disabled is not higher in either gender. In other words, disabled male residents are just as likely to be victimized by nursing home abuse as disabled female residents.
We will point out some additional important facts about nursing home abuse in the U.S. in the conclusion to this blog series that will be posted soon – be sure to check it out!
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