Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Oregon state report details abuse of the elderly and people with disabilities.

An article written by Michelle Cole and published in the Oregonian yesterday examines the statistics.

The Oregon Department of Human Services released its first report tracking abuse of the elderly and adults with physical disabilities. A snapshot of the findings for 2010:
Totals: More than 27,000 reports received, 11,998 investigated, 2,608 confirmed victims.

Place of abuse: 85 percent of victims were abused in their homes; 15 percent in state-licensed care settings, such as nursing homes.

The victims: Women were nearly twice as likely to be reported victims as males; elderly more often than disabled adults.

The abusers: In care settings, the direct caregiver was the most common abuser. At home, it was relatives.

Financial abuse: More than 850 cases of financial exploitation were confirmed.

Other abuse: Investigators confirmed 1,619 cases of neglect, 411 reports of physical abuse and 32 cases of sexual abuse.

Toughening the law: Two bills in the 2012 Legislature would create a new category of assault for "intentionally or knowingly causing physical injury to elderly person."

It is clear that many people are being bullied, pressured and abused by family members, friends, care-givers, etc. Sadly many people are willing to take advantage of vulnerable people.

It is also clear that assisted suicide can become the ultimate form of elder abuse.

1 comment:

robjonquiere said...

You state: "It is also clear that assisted suicide can become the ultimate form of elderly abuse". Where can this "clear fact" be found in the Report?
Your loose conclusion is your suggestion and should be left out of a comment on such a transparent report.
Rob Jonquière