World Health Organization (WHO) statistics show institutional elder abuse is far more prevalent than in the person’s own home setting (aka community)
Prevalence – Community dwelling Seniors
Population-based studies suggest that
between 4% and 6% of community dwelling
elderly people have experienced
some form of abuse (WHO 2002b).
Prevalence – Institutions
In a US survey, 36 % of nursing home
staff reported having witnessed at least
one incident of physical abuse of an
elderly patient in the previous year, 10 %
admitted having committed at least one
act of physical abuse themselves, and
40% said that they had psychologically
abused patients (WHO, 2002b)
Read Complete Presentation: 2010-11-09 World Health Organization institutional elder abuse stats
We can do many things to stop elder abuse in nursing homes and other care facilities:
- Make sure facilities are proper staffed. One staff for ten elderly clients is abuse waiting to happen. This includes home care services.
- Consider that one person cannot healthfully care for an elderly individual for long-periods of time. Look into home nursing help, hospice services, or having other family member come and help.
- Look for good civic support from all levels of government.
- Make sure that there is good coordination between law enforcement, care facilities, senior advocates, and adult protective services.
- Learn more about the process. Support and create further educational opportunities for people who work with the elderly population.
- Review abuse laws. Laws are in place at both state/provincial and national levels.
- This includes abuse registry for perpetrators. (more…)