The last place that anyone should expect to hear that abuse of the elderly has taken place, is in a residential home especially established for the care and well-being of the elderly, unfortunately though, the instances of abuse in just such establishments is staggering. In the US, although it was several years ago that a comprehensive, in depth study was carried out into the operations of the establishments, that study showed that 1 in 3 of all residential homes for the elderly had histories of abuse.
Although you may feel outrage at these figures, apparently no substantial action has since been taken to try and alleviate these percentages and so it is likely that if a similar study were to be carried out today, the results would be similar if not worse.
A person works all their life to try and ensure that their twilight years will be restful, peaceful and perhaps above all, free from abuses of any kind. Many have not only worked towards this goal for themselves but have actually fought wars so that all Americans can expect such peaceful twilight years.
It is perhaps surprizing to hear that a country that fights so hard to protect the expectations of their citizens; seems to do so little to actually defend them in their hours of need. One of the reasons for this is that people that witness or know of these abuses are rarely apt to take action, whether it is a resident of the home or just a relative of a resident. Perhaps the main reason for this is that the expense of taking legal action against an establishment, one that is in many cases applauded by the state and district officials, could be very costly, not just in legal fees but also in finding another residence for themselves or their family member.
In the State of Kentucky at least and probably in other states as well, there nursing home abuse attorney kentucky options which are groups of attorneys that are willing and able to present several options for action. These groups will often offer free consultations in order for you to establish what the financial costs may be and probably point out that although it may be costly in some instances, some result in the homes paying legal fees and even having to compensate the resident or residents involved in the abuses.
In these instances, the option to not take action is always the wrong one as; it isn’t just the concerns of the resident currently receiving the abuse at stake, it is also any other residents that currently live in the home or those that may live in the home at a later date. Considering that the official report from 2001 did not produce significant results, it is now obvious that the only way to get these homes to improve their practices, is to take legal action against them which will at least penalize the abusers or financial penalize the establishment, either one serving as a deterrent to further instances occurring.