Nursing Home Negligence
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Nursing Home Negligence
If you suspect or have witnessed nursing home abuse or neglect, consult us immediately.
Types of nursing home abuse can include general neglect, as well as physical, sexual, financial and psychological abuse. Serious examples of abuse in nursing homes may include:
• Hitting, pushing or shoving
• Improperly restraining
• Rape or sexual assault
• Isolation from friends and family
• Tricking a resident into signing a will, contract or other legal document
• Mental or emotional abuse, including verbal threats, babying and silent treatment
Statistics compiled by the National Center on Elder Abuse show that between 1986 and 1994, the number of elder abuse incidents roughly doubled from 120,000 to 240,000. Another study reported that 30% of 5,283 nursing homes were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse between 1999 and 2000. As more elderly people enter nursing homes, the instances of nursing home abuse cases also increase. By 2030, one in five Americans will be a senior citizen, many of them residing in assisted living facilities. This increase will likely result in an increased workload for nursing home staff members, increased stress, and a rise in nursing home personnel who have not received proper training. Consequently, the number of cases of abuse and neglect of the elderly will likely continue to rise.
Staffing shortages at assisted living homes can be seen as a major contributor to nursing home abuse, neglect, and negligence. Approximately 54% of nursing homes do not meet the minimum staffing level for nurse's aides who bathe and feed the residents. In addition, 31% of assisted living homes lack the appropriate number of registered nurses and 24% of nursing homes fall below the minimum suggested requirement for total staff.
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