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Protecting a Loved One from Nursing Home Abuse

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When you place your loved one in a nursing home, you are trusting they will be safe, well cared for and protected from harm. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse happens far too frequently to our most vulnerable citizens in settings that make it difficult – if not impossible – to defend themselves.

In nursing homes and other assisted living facilities, older adults are vulnerable not only to the circumstances associated with aging, but also to neglect, victimization and exploitation by others, including the caregivers they are supposed to trust. It has been estimated that more than 30 percent of nursing home residents experience some form of abuse; however, only 1 in 14 cases is ever reported to authorities.[1]

Knowing the signs of nursing home abuse and the ways to protect your loved one’s legal rights are critical steps to safeguarding those you love from further harm. This website is intended to provide you with information and resources that can help you prevent nursing home abuse or protect yourself or a loved one.

Finding Legal Assistance

If you or a loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home or assisted living facility, please complete the form on the right or contact a Langdon & Emison attorney directly at 1-800-397-4910.

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[1] Bonnie, R. and Wallace, R. “Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in an Aging America.” Washington, D.C. The National Academies Press. 2002.

[2] Broyles, K. “The silenced voice speaks out: A study of abuse and neglect of nursing home residents.” Atlanta. A report from the Atlanta Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and Atlanta Legal Aid Society to the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform.