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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   Opioid Misuse

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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


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


Opioid Misuse

Opioid misuse and abuse has become a national epidemic. Yet opioid use in long-term care settings hasn't gotten the same attention as in other settings. 

The Effects of the Opioid Crisis on Long-Term Care Residents - Points of Advocacy


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