Sadly, elder abuse is a very real problem in the United States. Conservative estimates indicate that over two million seniors are the victim of some type of elder abuse every year and that you stand a one in ten chance of being victimized at some point. Although the most likely (3 out of 4) perpetrator of elder abuse is a family member, nursing home residents are also extremely vulnerable. Research from 2010 indicates that up to half of all nursing home attendants have admitted abusing or neglecting elderly patients. To decrease your odds of becoming a victim of elder abuse, visit facilities in your area now, while you have the opportunity. Put everything in writing within your nursing home planning component of your estate plan. Finally, talk to an adult child or other loved one about the subject of elder abuse. Make sure they know what to look for in case you develop dementia or are otherwise unable to express yourself.
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