Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Occurs More Often than Previously Believed

May 20, 2013

Elder and Nursing Home Abuse are a major problem in the United States today. In fact, a study conducted by the National Center for Elder Abuse found that one in ten individuals over the age of 70 years old is the victim of abuse or neglect. Also disturbing is the fact that for every case that is reported to the authorities, another 23 incidences go unreported.

The findings have led many citizens to question why the incidence rate of abuse is so high and what they can do to protect their loved ones from harm. An article from ABC 8 News stated that Dr. Laura Mosqueda, the director of geriatrics at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, believes most cases are the result of stress on caregivers. Mosqueda went on to explain that the overwhelming emotions caretakers often face when caring for patients can quickly escalate to an unhealthy level in certain cases.

Mosqueda believes vigilance and asking plenty of questions of caretakers is the most effective way to ensure a loved one’s health and wealth. This means checking your loved one regularly for unexplained injuries or bruising and thoroughly discussing your loved one’s care with providers.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are hopeful these tips will educate and protect the public about the dangers of elder abuse.

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