Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an elderly person. Often it is necessary to place a loved one in a nursing home, an assisted living facility or hire a home health aide because of the inability to provide the level of care that is needed. When we entrust our loved one's health to another, there is an expectation that he or she will be treated with the utmost care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Tragically, many are neglected and suffer preventable harm at the hands of the very caregivers that were tasked with keeping our loved ones healthy and safe. An estimated 1 in 6 nursing home residents may be victims of elder abuse every year. Holding negligent caregivers accountable for their actions will hopefully prevent future harm to others in like circumstances. If a loved one close to you has been the victim of elder abuse, you should speak to an attorney about the legal recourse that may be available to you. The Stuart elder abuse attorneys at Donaldson & Weston are here to help.