More Shelters at Nursing Homes for Abused Seniors

A recent U.S. News & World Reports article talks about a topic that The Elder Abuse Watchdog has covered before: nursing homes and retirement villages are offering refuge for the growing number of abused elderly.

The article cites an alarming statistic: one in 10 adults over the age of 60 is abused or neglected, according to a study by the Medical University of South Carolina. More surprising is that the elderly victims are most frequently abused by their own children or someone in their own family.

Photograph taken on the grounds of the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention

Photograph taken on the grounds of the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention

Like the Shalom Center that I wrote about earlier this year, a few more are popping around the country. The Hebrew Home began in 2005 with its Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention in New York.  About six other nursing homes followed suit.

According to the U.S News article, the Hebrew House is meeting with other nursing homes, so we will likely see more emerge in the coming years.

Tony Palumbo, county attorney for Anoka County (where Crest View is located) points out that a victim’s behavior will be sudden as opposed to slow and gradual.  Mr. Palumbo created the Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation (SAFE) initiative. SAFE’s mission is to protect seniors from financial abuse, which is one of the most common forms of elder abuse.

Hospitals, police, and social services staff are those typically referring senior citizens who show signs of abuse to the Weinberg Center. The CEO of Crest View Senior Communities (who has replicated the Hebrew Home model for its shelter) in Minnesota, Shirley Barnes explains the importance of neighbors staying vigilant and watchful.

About Kevin
Kevin Coluccio was recently named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Washington State. He has long history of successful elder abuse/neglect cases and has a stellar reputation for getting results for his injury clients in serious car crashes, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, maritime claims, and asbestos injury cases.