Intended to be places of peace, rest and care, nursing homes and residential care facilities are often prime options for families in California who can no longer care for elderly loved ones. With health care professionals and other skilled workers available night and day, it is no wonder that these facilities typically offer a safer and more caring environment for older individuals in need of highly specialized or time-consuming care. However, nursing home neglect tends to be more rampant that most people realize, putting the elderly and medically compromised at risk for serious injury or even wrongful death.
Based on a survey where elderly individuals self-reported instances of abuse, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that at least 10 percent of elders suffer from some type of abuse. Abuse included in the study ranged from emotional, sexual or physical abuse to financial manipulation. It was noted that since this study did rely on people to self-report the abuse, the real number of abused elders is likely even higher.