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Elder Abuse

The revised federal nursing home regulations state that "the resident has the right to be free from abuse."  It is estimated that 1 in 10 elders experience some form of abuse or neglect.

Abuse & Neglect   Sexual Abuse   Resident-to-Resident Mistreatment

Financial Exploitation   Surveillance/Electronic Monitoring   Privacy

Abuse and Neglect










Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Misappropriation of Property

Abuse & Neglect Resources from the National Ombudsman Resource Center

Sexual Abuse

Nursing home residents have a right to be free from abuse, including sexual abuse. Nursing facilities must prohibit and prevent abuse, and investigate and report all incidents of suspected abuse to the state survey agency and to other officials depending on the state. If a crime is suspected, the abuse must also be reported to law enforcement.

Sexual abuse is a form of elder abuse that frequently goes underreported, under-investigated and unnoticed.  Many long-term care consumers have medical conditions that make it difficult to speak out against or communicate abuse.  Consumers, family members, advocates, facilities and others must come together to prevent sexual abuse.  

Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes: What You Need to Know

Resident-to-Resident Mistreatment

Financial Exploitation

Consumer Fact Sheet: How to Prevent, Detect and Report Financial Exploitation

Protecting Your Loved One: How to Prevent, Detect and Report Financial Exploitation

Surveillance/Electronic Monitoring

The use of surveillance cameras in nursing home residents’ rooms is becoming more popular among some consumers and policymakers, but it comes with a range of potential positive and negative implications.  

Balancing Privacy & Protection: Surveillance Cameras in Nursing Home Residents' Rooms