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When we place our loved ones in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or residential care facility, we do so with the expectation that they will be cared for, kept safe, and treated with the utmost respect. But unfortunately this is not always what transpires. Sadly, elder abuse – especially in a care facility setting – is not uncommon.
According to a 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of every 10 elders reported emotional, physical, or sexual abuse or neglect over the past year. Though under-reported, abuse and fraud costs pertaining to elder Americans are estimated to range from $2.9 billion – $36.5 billion.