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MA Has 4th Best Elderly Abuse Protections in U.S., Says Study

Thursday, December 07, 2017

 

Massachusetts is one of the best states in the country when it comes to elderly abuse protections. 

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Massachusetts has the fourth best elderly-abuse protections in the U.S.

“Abuse happens every day and takes many forms. But vulnerable older Americans are among the easiest targets for this misconduct, especially those who are women, have disabilities and rely on others for care or other types of assistance. By one estimate, elder abuse affects as many as 5 million people per year, and 96 percent of all cases go unreported,” said WalletHub.

MA's Rankings: 

  • 13th Best – Elder-Abuse, Gross-Neglect & Exploitation Complaints*
  • 1st– Total Expenditures on Elder-Abuse Prevention*
  • 21st Best – Total Long-Term Care Ombudsman-Program Funding*
  • 16th Best – Number of Eldercare Organizations & Services*
  • 8th Best – Number of Certified Volunteer Ombudsmen*
  • 30th Best – Nursing-Homes Quality

 

The Rankings

The top five states for elderly-abuse protections are: 

1. Nevada 

2. District of Columbia 

3. Arizona 

4. Massachusetts 

5. Iowa

California has the worst elderly-abuse protections in the country.

See the full rankings in the map below:

Source: WalletHub

The Method

In order to determine the states with the best protection against elder abuse, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Prevalence, 2) Resources and 3) Protection.

They evaluated these dimensions using 11 relevant metrics. Each metric was scored on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the “best protection against elder abuse.”

Lastly, they calculated the overall score for each state based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to rank the states accordingly.

Prevalence – Total Points: 40

  • Share of Elder-Abuse, Gross-Neglect and Exploitation Complaints: Full Weight (~40.00 Points)

 

Resources – Total Points: 30

  • Total Expenditures on Elder-Abuse Prevention per Resident Aged 65 & Older: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Total Expenditures on Legal-Assistance Development per Resident Aged 65 & Older: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Total Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Funding per Resident Aged 65 & Older: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)

 

Protection – Total Points: 30

  • Financial Elderly-Abuse Laws: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Eldercare Organizations & Services per Resident Aged 65 & Older: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Presence of Elder-Abuse Forensic Centers: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Presence of Elder Abuse Working Groups: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Number of Certified Volunteer Ombudsmen per Resident Aged 65 & Older: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Frequency of Assisted-Living Facilities Inspections: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
  • Quality of Nursing Homes: Full Weight (~4.29 Points)
 

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