How to Report Nursing Home Abuse

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In 2017, 1.2 million seniors needed nursing home care; by 2030, that number is expected to grow to 1.9 million. And, according to some estimates, nearly 1 in 10 adults aged 65+ suffer from at least one type of abuse each year; however, with only 1 in 24 cases of nursing home abuse reported and elder abuse reported, this is likely to be an underestimation.

According to WHO:

  • Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences and
  • Elder abuse is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly aging populations

Does your loved one need to report nursing home abuse? 

Do you or your loved one know how or where to report nursing home abuse?

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (Missouri DHSS) investigates abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable individuals 60 and older and people with disabilities between 18 and 59 living in the community or in long-term care facilities.

Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline – (800) 392-0210 responds to reports of abuse, bullying, neglect, and financial exploitation. Call (800) 392-0210.

In an emergency, life-threatening situation, call 911. In a non-emergency, call Missouri’s Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline at (800) 392-0210. You can also:


Who Can Make a complaint?

Anyone can make a complaint; however, some professionals are required by law to report it.

Each state regulates its long-term care facilities and inspects them to ensure that each provides the minimum standard of care required by law. Should the facility appear to be violating the resident’s rights, it may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.

Do You Need Legal Assistance?

The underreporting of nursing home abuse and/or neglect happens for many reasons, one of which could be the elder person’s ability (or lack of) to talk about what is happening. So, family members need to know not only how to identify the signs but also who to report their suspicions to. If possible, when reporting abuse or neglect, try to have anything such as notes about the elder person’s behavior, photos of any injuries, and statements from residents.

If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer. We will ensure your loved ones received the care they have a right to.

If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in the nursing home, call us at (877) 284-6600.


Should you need a personal injury lawyer in the Kansas City area with expertise in nursing home abuse lawsuits, call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case.



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