Appalling Elderly Abuse Statistics

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Instances of abuse can include sexual assault, unnecessary accidents like falls, dehydration, choking, giving of incorrect medication, bed sores and even malnutrition and when we hear of instances of these, we are appalled and when it is the abuse of the elderly, we are even more appalled yet, according to the latest comprehensive study carried out on residential homes for the elderly in the United States, 1 in 3 were found to have instances where abuse was present. Probably due to inaction by residents at the home or families of those residents, those abuses carry on today. With an ever increasing number of elderly Americans being placed in homes, the fact that no serious actions have taken against any of the homes is saddening. Yet perhaps understandably, many of the residents or even the families of the residents probably believe that to take legal action against these residents would be both hard and expensive, especially as many of them are looked at with high esteem by officialdom.

This may be the case but that need not be justification for not seeking retribution on them and hopefully convincing them, financially even, to turn from their appalling practices and make the homes places where the elderly really can live out their twilight years in the safety and security that most of them have worked and even fought for the right to do so over a life time. That is why, all over the country, teams of attorneys are coming together to present residents or families of residents options.

The ursing home neglect Kentucky options include the attorneys legally taking on these cases without payment until a settlement has been agreed. This offer of action means that a resident or family of a resident need have no concerns about what it will cost to legally challenge the residential home and so in order to try and see that other incidents cannot happen in the future, they should report cases where abuse has been shown or is even suspected of occurring and if no action is taken, contact the attorneys who will then take it further as necessary.

The fact that abuse, even one instance of it, can occur in these establishments that have specifically been set up to cater to the needs and safety of the elderly is shameful but, for the abuse to be so rampant as to possibly affect 1 in 3 of the elderly placed in residences where they have been specifically placed for their care, is deplorable. As the number of elderly in America increases, so does the need for many of them to be placed in residences where they should be looked after increase and the security and safety of those elderly, should not be something that is fringed with doubt, it should be something which is guaranteed.

Therefore in any residential home for the elderly where abuse is suspected, every instance should be closely looked into and if there is any possibility that the incident took place, legal action should be taken against the home in order to act as a deterrent for them allowing it to happen again.