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Nursing Home Abuse Statistics


Elder abuse and injuries can occur no matter where an elderly person is living, but nursing homes report an unusually disproportionate number of incidents per year. The average nursing home containing 100 beds reports between 100 and 200 falls annually, and some reports show that elder abuse is increasing across the board. 
What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse can be present in many different forms. It refers to any negligent, knowing, or intentional act which can hurt a person over 65 years of age. Laws vary from state to state regarding what specific types of elder abuse exist, but abuse can generally be divided into the following categories:
  • Sexual Abuse: Non-consensual sexual conduct or contact
  • Emotional Abuse: Using either verbal or nonverbal signals or acts to harm an elderly person mentally
  • Physical Abuse: Both harming or threatening to harm an elderly person and/or denying them access to basic requirements
  • Abandonment: Leaving an elder after assuming responsibility for their wellbeing and safety
  • Exploitation: Using, taking, or hiding assets or wealth of an elderly person
  • Neglect: Not providing basic shelter, food, medical requirements, and housing
Elder Abuse and Injuries Statistics

Elder abuse is a serious issue, but it often goes unreported. In order to learn more about vital elder abuse statistics, review these facts about abuse and elder injury below. 
Abuse Statistics
  • All types of nursing home abuse are reported to be on the rise, including emotional, verbal, sexual, and physical.
  • In 1996, 5.9% of nursing homes received citations for abuse violations, and in 2000, the number of abuse violation citations increased to 16%.
  • A total of 5,283 nursing homes were cited for abuse violations in the year 2000.
  • About one in ten nursing homes received serious citations for contributing to injury, death, or general risk in abuse-related accidents. 
Nursing Home Injury Statistics
  • 15,800 people aged 65 and older die from falls every year. 1,800 of those die from fall-related injuries in nursing homes.
  • 35% of falls in nursing homes occur with residents who are unable to walk.
  • While only 5% of older adults live in nursing homes over the age of 65, 20% of deaths in the 65 and over community die from falls in nursing homes.
  • Between 10% and 20% of nursing home falls cause serious injuries.
  • Many falls actually go unreported in care centers, so the statistics are a conservative figure at best. 
Excellent destinations for those concerned about elder abuse include the National Center on Elder Abuse and the Nursing Home Abuse Resource. Consult with Injury Attorneys if you feel that your or your loved one have been injured as a result of neglect.
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