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What Makes an Elder or Dependent Adult Vulnerable to Abuse in a Nursing Home?

Elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes are especially vulnerable to abuse and neglect.

People enter nursing homes because they have special care needs, by reason of their age or medical condition, that they are not able to manage at home. Very often the very circumstances that prompt the elder’s admission to the nursing home are also what make them especially vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Sometimes, because of a mental condition such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, they may not even be able to recognize their loved ones, let along recognize and report their abusers. They may have physical limitations that prevent them from caring for themselves, and they become totally dependent on the nursing home staff to provide for their every need. Their families cannot be there around the clock, and they necessarily have to trust the nursing home to provide the care that their loved one needs.

Nursing homes, on the other hand, have financial incentives to underpay and overwork their staff. The less money the nursing home spends on overhead, such as salaries and training of staff, the more profit the nursing home makes. Many nursing homes are operated with budgetary and fiscal controls set to maximize their own profits at the expense of their highly vulnerable elderly and disabled residents. Staff members may be afraid that they will lose their jobs if they complain about working conditions. The nursing home may falsify records making it difficult to prove that they did anything wrong.

Many nursing homes maximize their own profits at the expense of their highly vulnerable elderly and disabled residents.
National Senior Citizens Law Center
Many nursing homes maximize their own profits at the expense of their highly vulnerable elderly and disabled residents.
National Senior Citizens Law Center
Many nursing homes maximize their own profits at the expense of their highly vulnerable elderly and disabled residents.
National Senior Citizens Law Center
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