Contact: Richard Mollot, email@example.com, 212-385-0356
June 14, 2023 – When nursing home residents are silenced, the consequences can be dire. Too often, fear of staff retaliation – the fear itself – prevents residents from voicing concerns and from receiving the care and services to which they are entitled. Ultimately, this inaction leads to unnecessary emotional, psychological, and physical harm to vulnerable residents.
In honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), LTCCC is releasing a new report, “They Make You Pay”: How Fear of Retaliation Silences Residents in America’s Nursing Homes. This groundbreaking research examines fear of staff retaliation and the consequences of this fear by capturing residents’ experiences in their own words, using 100 government investigation reports on nursing homes from across the country.
“Fear of retaliation is a pervasive phenomenon that inflicts significant emotional harm on nursing home residents,” said Eilon Caspi, PhD, the principal author of the report. “We hope that this project will encourage the development of awareness campaigns and lead to meaningful policy changes that address this urgent problem.”