Abuse of older people is most likely to take place in the older
person’s own home, according to an analysis of calls to
Action On Elder Abuse’s helpline.
Two thirds of abuse took place in the person’s own home,
with only 11 per cent taking place in nursing homes and 10 per cent
in residential homes.
In more than a third of cases the abuse was psychological, with
a fifth of cases physical and a fifth financial.
The abusers were more likely to be male, and a relative. Paid
workers represented 28 per cent of abusers.
Of the paid workers, nearly a third were care workers, 10 per
cent were nurses, and four per cent were social workers.