Nursing home abuse is a widespread problem that is made worse by the fact that it is believed to be underreported. Many nursing home residents do not speak out about abuse and neglect because they are unable to due to illness and infirmity, or because they are scared.

A research brief from the National Center on Elder Abuse says that among 2,000 nursing home residents surveyed, 95 percent claimed they had been neglected or knew of a resident who had been neglected. Forty-four percent of nursing home residents in the survey said they had been abused.

A 2010 study published in Nursing Management examining factors that affect abuse of older people in nursing homes found that more than half of the nursing home staff members surveyed admitted mistreating an elderly patient in the prior year through neglect, physical abuse, or mental abuse. Two-thirds of the incidents involved neglect.

The Kentucky Elder Abuse Report 2013 says that from 2009 through 2013 it received 3,196 allegations related to abuse, neglect or misappropriation of residents’ property in long-term care facilities.

There is help available if you or someone you know is being abused in a nursing home. Please contact the Becker Law Office for advice if you suspect abuse or neglect in a nursing home in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, or Tennessee.