It can be difficult to realize that as our family members age, they can become vulnerable to different types of abuse – especially when those are the individuals we’ve looked up to our entire lives. There are a number of factors that increase a person’s risk for abuse – especially when they live in a long-term care facility like a nursing home. Unfortunately, it’s a rare occurrence for an abused senior to report what’s been done to them.
It’s known that approximately one in ten Americans over the age of 60 has experienced some form of abuse; however, it’s likely that only one in 14 cases are reported to the proper authorities. It’s also likely that those numbers are low estimations. Understanding what factors put an elder at risk can aid in the prevention of abuse.