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Who is More Likely to Commit Elder Abuse?

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Elder abuse is a serious problem in the United States. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), an estimated 1 in 10 older adults are victims of elder abuse each year. Unfortunately, this number is likely even higher due to the fact that many cases of elder abuse go unreported.

Family Members

Family members are the most common abusers of elders. Studies have shown that a family member perpetrates 60 percent of elder abuse cases. There are many different reasons family members might commit elder abuse. Sometimes, it is due to financial stressors, such as caring for an aging parent who can no longer live independently. Other times, it may be due to mental illness or substance abuse.

Abuse in the Nursing Home

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is all too common. Reports show that one in three nursing home residents will be abused during their stay. The elderly are often:

  • Seen as easy targets.
  • Physically or mentally frail.
  • Reliant on others for their care.

This makes them easy prey for those who want to take advantage of them.


Caregivers in nursing homes can also be abusers. This is often due to the fact that they are under much stress. They may be overworked, underpaid, and feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities. These stressors can lead to caregivers taking out their frustration on the elders they are supposed to be caring for.

Other Staff Members

Other nursing home staff members can be abusive. This is often a result of improper training or inadequate supervision. They may also have personal problems that make them more likely to take out their frustrations on the elders they are supposed to be caring for.

Nursing Home Residents

Other nursing home residents can be abusive, especially if they have dementia or other cognitive impairments. This is because these conditions can make people more aggressive and confused, especially if left untreated due to neglect. As a result, they may lash out at other residents, especially if they feel scared or threatened.

Do You Suspect Your Loved One is Being Abused?

Daniel, Holoman & Associates LLP are nursing home abuse attorneys who have seen firsthand the devastating effects that nursing home abuse and neglect can have on residents and their families. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, we encourage you to reach out to us.

If you think your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse, call us today at (866) 380-2281 for a free consultation.

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