It is no doubt that the numbers of old Americans in nursing homes and long term care facilities has experienced a staggering increase, which is over 1.6 million. Adding to this figure is approximately one quarter of the total U.S. population which have access to checking services into one of these facilities.
Now you'd think that because this is a rapidly growing area which has the advantages of the latest in medical technologies and medicines, that residents would be treated with genuine care, respect and dignity. Unfortunately this isn't always the case, and in fact there are many instances of nursing home abuse and negligence uncovered every day. This is an outrage perpetrated on some of the most vulnerable citizens in the nation and there is absolutely no excuse for it.
Nursing home abuse has become so prevalent that the federal government even did studies dealing with the quality of care for the elderly in these institutions. The results were dismal, to say the least. Did you know that roughly 30% of all nursing home and long-term care facilities are guilty of some form of nursing home malpractice? The areas of malpractice include mental, physical and psychological harm.
The most common forms of abuse range from emotional abuse to dehydration/malnutrition and from medication errors to untreated pain. Untreated pain is one of the highest rated areas of abuse in most nursing homes meaning that close to 50% of all patients in such homes are not being given adequate or any meds for pain. If you were in that kind of a situation at home, would you stand for it? Of course you wouldn't and neither should our seniors who have no voice of their own when they are in circumstances like this.
If you suspect nursing home abuse involving your loved ones, then immediately contact a qualified nursing home abuse attorney. It's up to you to stop the cycle of abuse and find justice for your loved ones.