The Abuse of Cognitively Impaired Victims in Homes

Brian K. Payne, Old Dominion University

Research suggests that individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related cognitive impairments are at a higher risk of abuse than are those who do not suffer from any impairment. The majority of research in this area has centered on abuse occurring in community-based dwellings. Using data obtained from the Medicaid Fraud Report, the current study examines the characteristics and risk factors for patient abuse involving cognitively impaired nursing home residents. Attention is also given to the criminal justice system's response to these cases, as well as obstacles that make it difficult to resolve the cases. Implications are provided.

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Updated 05/20/2006