About one in every three people who live in a nursing home in the U.S. will be – or has been – the victim of abuse or neglect in that facility.1 While nursing home abuse can come in many forms and can impact nearly any resident, some factors can increase the likelihood that residents will be abused.
Understanding what these risk factors are can help you remain vigilant to protect yourself and/or a loved one from nursing home abuse.
The Risk Factors: When Nursing Home Abuse Is More Likely to Occur
The risk factors for nursing home abuse can arise from environmental factors, as well as from the attributes and/or conditions of the residents themselves.
Some of the more prominent environmental risk factors for nursing home abuse include:
Caregiver-related factors – Caregivers who are burned out, have substance abuse issues, and/or who have mental health issues (like, for instance, depression) can be more likely to act out their stress (or other intense emotions) on nursing home residents. Additional caregiver-related risk factors for nursing home abuse include (and are not limited to):
- Being inexperienced and/or insufficiently trained
- Juggling too many responsibilities/not having sufficient support
- Being subjected to poor working conditions.
- Facility-related factors – Understaffing and poor conditions at a facility can make it far more likely that nursing home abuse will occur at that home. So too can a lack of security, a lack of protocols for proper care, and failures to conduct background checks on caregivers (in the hiring process).
Some of the resident-related factors that can increase the likelihood of nursing home abuse include:
- Certain health impairments – Tragically, residents living with dementia and Alzheimer’s can be at a greater risk of nursing home abuse and neglect, with abusers targeting these individuals because their health conditions limit the chances that the abuse will be reported (because it more likely that the abuse won’t be remembered or can’t be recounted).
- A resident’s tendency to be aggressive – Aggressive, combative behavior can be contagious, bringing out the same in caregivers or other residents (who may then act out these feelings and abuse residents).
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1: According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCDA)