Elder abuse can happen anytime and anywhere. Whether it’s a worker at a nursing facility calling a resident names or a relative taking financial advantage of an older family member, elder abuse is a widespread issue that affects millions of Americans.
The rise of elder abuse can be partially attributed to the yearly increase in life expectancy thanks to improvements in late-life care and modern medicine. However, growing populations of older adults also mean more opportunities for elder abuse.
Older adults are considered highly vulnerable because they may experience cognitive decline, physical ailments, or lack the ability to report abuse by their caretakers. This should not be the case.
Although the reporting of elder abuse is not where it should be, those who have experienced abuse in nursing homes or by family members have recourse. Learn more about how a lawsuit can help an older adult get the justice they deserve.