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What Is the Most Common Type of Abuse Endured in Nursing Homes?

If you are like most families, you likely did lots of research before choosing a nursing home for your loved one.

You’ve probably heard some of the horror stories of what can happen to elders in nursing facilities. While the vast majority of nursing homes do everything possible to keep residents safe and comfortable, there are outliers that may not provide adequate care to every resident.

When inadequate care is provided to residents, the facility providing the care or their staff may be held legally responsible for any harm done. This harm is referred to as nursing home abuse and there are several types, including:

  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial exploitation
  • Abandonment
  • Sexual abuse

Read on to learn which type of abuse is most commonly seen in nursing homes.

Psychological Abuse Is the Most Common

Studies show that psychological or emotional abuse is the most common type elders endure in nursing homes. This type of abuse can include (but is not limited to) any of the following:

  • When the staff:
    • Says hurtful things,
    • Yells,
    • Makes threats, or
    • Continuously ignores the older adult.

In addition, when elders are kept away from visiting with close friends and relatives, it is also considered emotional abuse.

Women Are More Likely to Experience Abuse Than Men

Across the globe, research indicates that one-in-six older women report experiencing abuse within the past year. The most common forms of abuse that women endure are as follows:

  • Psychological abuse (11.8%)
  • Neglect (4.1%)
  • Financial abuse (3.8%)
  • Sexual abuse (2.2%)
  • Physical abuse (1.9%)

We’re Here to Help the Abused

If you believe your loved one has experienced abuse in a nursing home, it’s important to reach out to a skilled nursing home abuse attorney right away. Our team has helped many others in similar situations and we may be able to help you too.

Call Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C. today at (816) 484-3776 for a free consultation regarding your case.