Nursing home sexual abuse is inflicted on our vulnerable elderly population more often than we would like to admit. Nursing home sexual abuse happens when a caregiver or other staff violates the trust that they were given to care for an elderly person and takes advantage of that person sexually. The elderly are more likely to be abused because they are often vulnerable, easy targets. Compounding the problem, the perpetrators may feel that they have a better chance of getting away with the crime because the victim is isolated from their family or is easily confused. Family members should familiarize themselves with the signs of elder abuse.
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Nursing home abuse is a real risk to millions of seniors every day. There are two main parties that can be held responsible for senior neglect and abuse:
- Nursing home administrators/owners may be found negligent in the care of their residents by failing to provide a safe and clean facility, healthy food and medications, emergency care, or adequate training/staffing of the caretakers they employ.
- Care facility staff may also be found negligent in the care of the residents they serve if they act in an unlawful or abusive manner; the most common forms of care taker abuse are sexual, physical, emotional, and financial.
Note: Medical equipment manufacturers may also be held liable in cases of defective products.Read More
With an aging population, it is not surprising that more than 1.5 million people currently reside in nursing homes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Studies compiled by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) indicate that a shocking 10 percent of all nursing home residents have suffered some form of abuse or neglect in the past year. It is important to note that only a small percentage of nursing home neglect and abuse is reported so the suffering is actually higher.