When a new resident enters your long-term care facility, you want the resident to feel safe. Unfortunately, in many nursing homes, abuse is on the rise. It is up to you to ensure the safety of your residents. You need to look into risk management options, such as training for your caregivers and insurance options.
What Is Elder Abuse?
Abuse against senior adults can be physical, emotional, sexual or even medical. Sometimes, elder abuse occurs because a caregiver grows frustrated. A caregiver or family member may harm a resident due to frustration or the resident may be neglected or ignored. A caregiver may even give drugs to keep a facility resident compliant.
How Common Is Elder Abuse?
In the U.S., about one in 10 people suffer some form of elder abuse. Of those cases, only about one in 14 is ever reported. Elder abuse is still on the rise. Often, family members or caregivers commit elder abuse. This growing trend of nursing home abuse requires risk management to stop it from occurring.
In the nursing home and long-term care facility industry, you must be aware of the risk of elder abuse. Appropriate risk management policies and insurance can help protect your facility and your residents from abuse by their caregivers.