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June Marks National Elder Abuse Awareness Month
This June please join us in our efforts to bring awareness to an issue affecting millions of elderly Americans: elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
According to national databases, every year roughly 5 million older Americans are victimized, and millions of instances of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation go unreported.
There are risk factors known to increase the likelihood of abuse or neglect, including:
- Poor staffing
- Management indifference
- Insufficient staff training
- poor staff screening
- Stress and burnout among staff
- Insufficient staff to resident ratio
- Frequent staff turnover
- A history of complaints/deficiencies
- The status of the physical environment (i.e. unsanitary conditions).
Common signs of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect include bed sores (or pressure ulcers), dehydration, malnutrition, rapid weight loss or gain, sudden changes in behavior, and unexplained injuries or death.
Just over two years ago, New York State released reports outlining the frequency of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout the state. The information shared in the report shocked many, as the results indicated major deficiencies in the state’s ability to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect. We in turn formed the Jacoby & Meyers Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect Elder Law Lawyers group.
We encourage you to share this post and join in the fight to end elder abuse. If you suspect your elderly loved one has fallen victim to nursing home abuse or neglect click here.