Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Nursing Home Abuse is a Major Concern Facing Older Americans
Approximately 1.6 million people reside in the 17,000 nursing homes in the United States. Most of these nursing homes are for-profit and derive substantial revenues from the federal government in the form of Medicare and Medicaid payments. Many nursing homes have difficulty “attracting and keeping quality, skilled staff” which in turn results in inadequate patient care.
Independent research has shown that America’s elderly are abused in 1 out of 3 nursing homes. In just a two-year period, 30% of America’s nursing homes were cited for abusing their patients. The most common types of abuse were “bedsores, inadequate medical care, malnutrition, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene.” There were 1,601 discovered instances of abuse that were severe enough to cause serious harm or death to the patient. In some reported cases, nursing home staff members were even accused of physically or sexually abusing their patients.
Making the difficult decision that a loved one requires nursing home care is stressful enough without having to worry your loved one will be abused while living there. If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, call Warren and Barren County, Kentucky attorney Flora Templeton Stuart at (888) 782-9090 for a free consultation.