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Where Does Elder Abuse Occur?


Elder Abuse

Every day, an elder person is abused or neglected. Elder abuse may take place in a nursing home, in the victim's home or in a relative's home. Most elders (those who are 65 and older) live at home and not in nursing homes. Only about 5 percent of all adults over 65 live in an assisted care facility.

While abuse can happen anywhere, the following are places where elder abuse typically happens:

  • Nursing home or assisted living facility: Commonly, the abuse or negligence is a result of an institution that is understaffed with workers who are poorly trained. Other assisted care centers include Alzheimer's care centers.
  • Elder's own home: A family member may injure the elder, or the abuse may come from someone hired to take care of the elder, such as a personal care assistant.
  • Relative's home: The elder person may move in with a family member who is abusive. The abuse does not necessarily have to be physical in nature. Elder abuse may be in the form of financial exploitation or emotional abuse.


Elder abuse and neglect is committed by caregivers and other trusted individuals. While the abuse may come from a nursing home staff member, it also may come from a close family member or friend.

Alarmingly, 11 percent of Americans over 60 have experienced some form of abuse in the past year, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The number may even be higher because most cases go unreported.

Sonoma County Nursing Home Ratings & Safety Violation Information

This page will also delve into what we dowhat we look for, signs of abuse and inferior care, how we can help and what to do if you suspect poor care. The information on this page will undoubtedly give you a much broader spectrum of information in terms of Santa Rosa's nursing homes, and ultimately could keep your loved ones out of abusive situations or help you navigate your options when nursing home abuse affects you and your family. Click here to read more about Sonoma County nursing home ratings and safety.


We understand the serious nature of elder abuse and neglect cases. At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, we treat our clients with dignity and respect. Let a Santa Rosa elder law attorney at our firm help you pursue maximum compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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