Nursing Homes Begin To Offer Shelter For Elder Abuse Victims
Of all the possible threats to seniors' physical and financial
well-being, you might expect their children to be low on the list. But the fact
is, abuse of elders is all too common — annually affecting one in 10 adults
over the age of 60, according to a study by the Medical University of South
Carolina — and it's often perpetrated by a victim's own offspring. "The
answer is: about 2 million people." To combat these crimes, a handful of
nursing homes around the country have created shelters within their own walls
to provide emergency short-term housing and health care services to victims.
The Hebrew Home initiated the effort in 2005 with an on-site shelter, the Harry
& Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention. At least six other
nursing homes have replicated the approach, and officials at the Hebrew Home
have been in talks to develop several more.
Source: U.S. NewsTags: elder abuse, nursing homes