Residents in nursing homes are typically frail. The majority are senior citizens, and many have dementia. By definition, they all need 24-hour a day skilled nursing services. Nevertheless, though they live in an institutional setting, it is crucial to keep in mind that residents retain all of the rights of people who live outside of a facility. This includes the right to live free of physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse and the right to be treated with dignity. It also includes the right to have the same access to criminal justice as anyone living in the outside community.

Unfortunately, too often, when individuals go into a nursing home, society views them as having entered a separate world, where different rules apply. This is not true. To strengthen realization of vital protections for seniors in nursing homes,  LTCCC undertook a study to identify promising practices that have been employed in different communities to address elder abuse, neglect, and crime in residential settings. The report, as well as a selection of resources, are available on this page. They are free to use, share, and adapt.

Link to State Agency Contacts & Complaint Forms
Link to State Medicaid Fraud Control Units
Definitions of Nursing Home Abuse, Neglect, & Crime
Form for Investigating Resident Injuries or Suspicion of Crime
Forms & Tools For Resident-Centered Advocacy
Memo for Law Enforcement on Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
ABA Abuse Definitions in State Laws (2020)