Are There Warning Signs of Nursing Home Negligence?
Nursing home neglect occurs when a medical provider fails to provide a patient the level of care that they require. It is essentially failing to provide a standard of care consistent with their individual needs but includes basic hygiene, assistance with meals, and help with mobility.
Nursing home neglect can take many forms. Look for the following warning signs if you suspect your loved one is being mistreated:
Some signs of neglect are easier to catch. If your elderly loved one shows signs of neglect, abuse, or mistreatment, they are not alone. New studies are revealing elder neglect to be a grossly underreported violation.
How Pervasive Is Nursing Home Negligence?
Nursing home negligence is widely under-reported and under-researched. Several surveys have been pulled together over the years, revealing startling facts about the prevalence of neglect.
Currently, there are over 2.5 million elders living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform released a report that found:
- 10% of nursing homes were cited for severe elder abuse and neglect that resulted in death or serious injury
- 33% of long-term care facilities were cited for neglect
Projections from analysts cite cases of neglect will continue to trend upwards as the largest population segment continues to age.
Recently, elder abuse and neglect have received more attention. Studies from the National Center on Elder Abuse report negligence and elder abuse statistics together:
- 11.6% of residents experience physical abuse and neglect
- 4.6% experience some form of emotional abuse and neglect
- 4.2% are subjected to different types of neglect
- 2.6% experience financial abuse
- .9% suffer sexual abuse
It seems unfair that we will depend so heavily on others at one of the most vulnerable times of our lives. Our elderly loved ones deserve to be cared for with dignity and respect.