Elder abuse is becoming a bigger problem in the United States for a multitude of reasons, and people are more aware of the issue. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports in 2014, over 2 million people resided in a nursing home or residential care community. During that year, about 188,000 complaints were made to a national reporting system. About 8 percent of the complaints involved abuse or gross neglect.
While it may be distressing to consider and upsetting to discover, elder abuse in retirement homes can be overlooked due to a loved one's deteriorating mental condition or inability to communicate as a result of a stroke. Whether the abuse or neglect is physical, emotional or financial, such exploitation does occur.