Factors Which Increase the Risk of Nursing Home Abuse

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The problem of abuse in nursing homes is a growing concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 15,700 nursing homes in the U.S with approximately 1.4 million residents. When people place their loved ones in nursing home facilities, they expect good quality care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. According to some studies, about one in three people living in a nursing home facility in the US have been or will be the victim of abuse or neglect. Nursing home abuse may take place for a number of reasons, however some factors play a major role in increasing the likelihood of abuse. Understanding what these risk factors are can help people remain vigilant and protect their loved ones.

Some of the significant risk factors for nursing home abuse include:

Caregiver-related risk factors:

Caregivers who are stressed because of workload, have substance abuse issues or are suffering from depression are more likely to act out their emotions and become abusive. Being inexperienced or insufficiently trained and being overwhelmed with too many responsibilities are some other caregiver-related risk factors.

Facility-related risk factors:

Nursing home abuse is more likely to occur in facilities which lack sufficient staff and have poor infrastructure. In addition, lack of security, lack of protocols and procedures for proper care and failure to conduct background checks on caregivers are other facility-related risk factors for nursing home abuse.

Resident’s health-related risk factors:

Nursing home residents with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are at greater risk of nursing home abuse. Most abusers target these individuals because their health conditions limit the chances of the abuse being reported.

Resident’s behavior-related risk factors:

Often the residents’ own aggressive behavior can cause caregivers or other residents to act out their feelings and abuse other residents.

Contact Us

If your loved one has been the victim of abuse in a nursing home facility, it is important to speak with a nursing home abuse attorney. At Rockland Injury Lawyers, we help nursing home abuse victims seek justice. To speak to us, call 845-709-8005 / 800-940-1799 or email

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