The GIG conducted this study to promote a better understanding of abuse in nursing homes. This is the first of two reports. It examines the nature of abuse and ways to prevent it. The second report Resident Abuse in Nursing Homes: Resolving Physical Abuse Complaints examines existing processes for resolving physical abuse complaints. Both reports reflect the experiences and perceptions of knowledgeable individuals who 1) play some part, directly or indirectly, in the resolution of abuse complaints, or 2) have an interest in nursing home or elder issues. Abuse of the elderly is not a new phenomenon. Research findings and Congressional hearings of the 1970s and 1980s helped to increase. public awareness of elder abuse. However, little research has focused on the issue of abuse of nursing home residents; certainly, no national survey has been initiated. Existing studies of abuse focus primarily on family members and caregivers in their homes. Research indicates from 1 to 10 percent of the non-institutionalized elperly population may be subject to abuse. While there are no exact statistics on institutional abuse, any abuse is unacceptable. Each incident major' or 'minor,' may be a terrifying experience and a significant breakdown in the responsibilty of government to assure a safe and caring environment for elderly and disabled individuals. The price for abuse is measured in the physical and psychological harm to the resident as well as by the economic costs of treating the abused resident.
Dec 22, 1989 - RESIDENT ABUSE IN NURSING HOMES. UNDERSTANDING AND PREVENTNG ABUSE. Richard P. Kusserow. INSPECTOR GENERAL
Richard P. Kusserow, Inspector General, OIG, 1990
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