The effect of care setting on elder abuse: Results from a michigan survey

Connie Page*, Tom Conner, Artem Prokhorov, Yu Fang, Lori Post

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This study compares abuse rates for elders age 60 and older in three care settings: nursing home, paid home care, and assisted living. The results are based on a 2005 random-digit dial survey of relatives of, or those responsible for, a person in long-term care. Nursing homes have the highest rates of all types of abuse, although paid home care has a relatively high rate of verbal abuse and assisted living has an unexpected high rate of neglect. Even when adjusting for health conditions, care setting is a significant factor in both caretaking and neglect abuses. Moving from paid home care to nursing homes is shown to more than triple the odds of neglect. Furthermore, when computing abuse rates by care setting for persons with specified health conditions, nursing homes no longer have the highest abuse rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-252
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Care setting
  • Elder abuse
  • Health condition
  • Mistreatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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