Elder and Nursing Home Abuse in the U.S.
The National Center on Elder Abuse tracks elder abuse in the U.S., and according to their data the most common types of abuse include:
Self-neglect- 26.7 percent
Psychological abuse- 13.6 percent
Physical abuse- 12.5 percent
Sexual Abuse-7 percent
Financial exploitation- 20.8 percent
Who abuses the elderly?
There is no set profile to identify a person who is likely to abuse a nursing home resident or senior, but there are some behaviors that make someone more inclined to lash out or neglect a senior. Traits typical among persons who abuse the elderly according to the National Institute of Justice include:
Uses violence to solve problems or get an outcome they desire.
Feels like the world owes them something.
Uses manipulation and coercion to get a result.
History of substance or alcohol abuse.
Perpetrators of elder abuse include:
32.6 percent- Adult children of the victim (NCEA)
11.3 percent- Spouses (NCEA)
21.5 percent-Other relatives
16.3 percent- Strangers
Financial abuse or exploitation of the elderly is rampant in Kentucky and the U.S., and unlike other types of abuse, the main perpetrators are usually strangers. Financial abuse costs seniors in the U.S billions each year in the U.S.
Elder neglect is more common than abuse and is often unintentional but can lead to injuries and medical problems. Neglect can include medical errors or mistakes with a resident’s medications, ignoring a resident’s toileting needs and failing to move a resident regularly. Nursing home neglect often results from a lack of adequate training for employees or understaffing.
What to do if your loved one is being abused in Kentucky
Nursing home abuse can cause long-lasting emotional scars and cause unnecessary injuries, so you need to take action if you suspect it or witness it. The first step is to alert the facility and relate your concerns.
It is also important that you contact a state or a federal agency to investigate a long-term care facility. Below are some of the agencies you can contact to report nursing home and abuse in Kentucky:
Long-term Care Ombudsman Kentucky locations:
KIPDA District Ombudsman
2911 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40208
Barren River District Ombudsman
Kentucky Legal Aid
1700 Destiny Lane
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Adult Protective Services Kentucky locations:
Adult Protective Services
Gainesway Shopping Center, 1165 Centre Pkwy # 180, Lexington, KY 40517
Adult Protective Services in McCracken County:
206 North 8th Street
Paducah, KY 42001
Contact a nursing home abuse lawyer
If your elderly parent, spouse or other family member has been subjected to nursing home abuse or neglect, speak with an expert. USAttorneys has a compassionate and tenacious team of nursing home abuse lawyers in Kentucky to assist with a personal injury or wrongful death claim.