As the American population continues to age, the rate of nursing home abuse and neglect is increasing. Estimates now show that one in every three elderly Americans will be the victim of abuse this year—but who is most at risk?
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, those with disabilities tend to be at a greater risk of suffering harm in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. Women with disabilities are more likely to be harmed, with data showing a 33 percent higher prevalence of abuse and neglect among adult women with disabilities compared to those without.
Men with disabilities are also at an increased risk of harm. In a study of 342 men living in long-term care facilities, 55 percent stated they suffered abuse after becoming disabled. A total of 12 percent stated the abuse came at the hands of personal assistants.
So what should you do if you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect? The first step is to report any wrongdoing. Tell those in charge of the facility about what you think is happening and present any evidence you may have. Speaking to an attorney can also help ensure you and your loved one’s rights legal rights stay protected.
At Ponce Law, we understand the impact nursing home abuse and neglect can have on patients and their families. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers are here to help. If you’re loved one has been harmed while receiving medical care, call (800) 363-9113 for a free initial consultation.