It’s estimated that as many as five million older adults are abused in the U.S. each year. These numbers may seem impossibly high, and lead many to ask: where does most elder abuse occur? Elder abuse has been known to happen in a person’s own home, in the home of a friend or family member, in a hospital, or in any other residential or healthcare setting. There is evidence that nursing home abuse is one of the most prevalent types of elder abuse.
But do most elderly abuse victims get the support they need to recover? Unfortunately, given the prevalence of elder abuse and the high percentage of unreported cases, not every elderly victim of abuse is supported in the ways needed for recovery.