Nursing home neglect can lead to personal injuries for patients

It is sometimes difficult to tell if the elderly are being abused, but it’s expected that if you place a loved one in a nursing home that they will be cared for by the staff. Not taking care of the residents, abusing them or exploiting them financially is unacceptable. If that does happen to a loved one, it’s the basis for a nursing home negligence claim that you may want to start.

Missouri keeps track of several different statistics regarding elder abuse. One looks into the fiscal years 2007 through 2011 and which types of abuse were suffered by which percentage of residents. For example, in 2007, physical neglect was the most common type of abuse. Around 45 percent of cases involved physical neglect. Comparatively, physical abuse made up about 5 to 7 percent of all cases.

In 2011, physical neglect was still the most common, but it was less prominent than in 2007. Financial exploitation, on the other hand, was much more common at around 18 percent of cases, drawing attention to the fact that it is something you should be looking out for.

Ethnic minorities make up around 19.2 percent of those victimized in elder abuse cases, and the likelihood of being abused increases with age. It’s true that the number of victims older than 70 being financially or physically abused has dropped below 50 percent in the time period between 2007 and 2009, but the number of people being victimized between 18 and 59 had grown between 2007 and 2011 to make up the difference.

Regardless of age, no abuse is acceptable in a nursing facility. Your loved one should be cared for like family, and if he or she is abused, you can seek legal help.

Source: Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, “Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation of Missouri’s Elderly and Adults with Disabilities,” accessed Nov. 10, 2016