Nursing Home Residents Silenced by Fear of Retaliation

People who live in nursing homes endure abuse because they fear they will be punished further if they speak up, according to a new report.

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Patients in nursing homes are suffering because they too often fear if they complain about problems, they will be punished by staff, according to a horrifying report by the Long Term Care Community Coalition.

“Fear of retaliation is a pervasive phenomenon that inflicts significant emotional harm on nursing home residents,” says Eilon Caspi, the principal author of the report, “They Make You Pay.” 

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Elaine Silvestrini has worked for Kiplinger since 2021, serving as senior retirement editor since 2022. Before that, she had an extensive career as a newspaper and online journalist, primarily covering legal issues at the Tampa Tribune and the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. In more recent years, she's written for several marketing, legal and financial websites, including and, and the newsletters Auto Insurance Report and Property Insurance Report.