Nursing Home Abuse Essay

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Although it does not usually make news headlines and is rarely discussed, nursing home residents and the elderly experience abuse sometimes on a daily basis. Medical errors, physical abuse, or stealing from them could all be classified as abuse. All around the world today, a population that is not able to help itself is being harmed, whether it is physical or sexual abuse, exploitation, or not being properly supervised; the elderly and nursing home residents are being abused. Types of Abuse There are many types of abuse that occur in nursing homes, even though many do not even realize what all could be classified as abuse. When hearing abuse what is probably most thought of is physical abuse. It was reported that for elderly women with…show more content…
Over all, there are many types of abuse, from physical abuse to rough living conditions, that elderly and nursing home residents experience quite often. Statistics Anyone can abuse a nursing home resident from their nurses to their own family members. There has only one been national study to try to explain who abuses residents more, according to the NCEA(2011), and at approximately 90% of them were abused by family members. Just as well abuse can occur anywhere from their own houses to nursing homes. According to a study from 2000, 2,000 residents were polled and 44% of them stated they had been abused. Other research from the NCEA states that persons with dementia are at a much higher risk for abuse. A study that had been conducted in 2010 revealed that 47% of elderly with dementia had been abused. Abuse definitely takes an impact on these people. Statistics, again from NCEA, have shown that elders who have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death over those not abused. They also have many more psychological and medical problems than a non-abused person. Cases of Abuse There are have been many cases of nursing home and elder abuse nation wide and all around the world. One case that occurred in Baltimore, Maryland that involved a man who worked in a long term care facility and hit one of his residents.(Lee, 2013) This resident was an 84 year old man. This man was only caught
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