While many people may be familiar with nursing home abuse, they may not be as aware of elder abuse in assisted living communities. In an assisted living facility, senior citizens receive help with everyday tasks like maintaining hygiene, dressing, and eating. The main difference between assisted living and a nursing home is the level of medical care—nursing home residents often need 24/7 medical care.
Even though residents in an assisted living community may not require around the clock care like those in a nursing home, they still do need help. If they’re around staff members who don’t have their best interests at heart, the residents can be victims of elder abuse. Let’s take a look at the severity of this problem.