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September 2022

How to Identify and Tackle Nursing Home Abuse

In brief, what is abuse and neglect understood to mean in the context of nursing homes? There is really no ‘official’ definition of nursing home abuse. I think the easiest way to define the issue is that any time that a resident at a nursing home is mistreated should be considered an episode of abuse or neglect. I tend to think of abuse as more of intentional act when caretakers harm residents in nursing homes and other long-term facilities. Neglect is likely what is behind the majority of episodes involving an injury or fatality in a skilled nursing facility. This occurs when staff...

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