Nursing Facility Abuse and Neglect

The companies that operate nursing homes have come under close scrutiny in recent years due to the high number of injuries and deaths of nursing home residents. Because the nursing home industry has become a multi-billion dollar business comprised of major corporations, in some facilities profitability has become more important than administering proper care. The New York Times has reported that 90% of all nursing home facilities have been cited for violating federal health and safety standards.

Nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities are responsible for providing quality care to patients and residents. If an injury occurs because of a nursing home’s negligence, or even worse, due to direct abuse, the nursing home is responsible for compensating the patient for his or her injury. Compensation includes reimbursement for pain and suffering, medical bills, and the loss of enjoyment of life. There are also state laws that provide additional protections to nursing home patients.

In any situation where a patient or resident of a nursing home is seriously injured as a result of the nursing home’s inadequate care, the patient should seek the advice of an attorney. It is difficult to have a nursing home compensate you fairly for your injuries without the help of an attorney.

Common Signs of Nursing Abuse

  • Infections
  • Sepsis
  • Dehydration
  • Bed sores
  • Mental or emotional fatigue
  • Bruising bones or fractures
  • Malnutrition
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Poor hygeine
  • Caregivers refusing to leave patient alone with others

Nursing Abuse Statistics

  • There are over 3 million people living in nursing homes or other care facilities in the U.S.
  • Sadly nearly 40% of those residents will experience some form of abuse while in professional care.
  • Nursing abuse can occur at a variety of facilities including nursing homes, rehab facilities, assisted living facilities, group care homes, and others.
  • It is estimated that nearly 1 in every 10 elderly persons will experience some form of abuse yet the majority of cases continue to go unreported.

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Nursing Home Injuries Resources Links

ADAPT – Community Alternatives to Nursing Homes
This organization fights to empower people with disabilities to live in the community with real supports instead of being placed in nursing homes and other institutions.

Administration on Aging
Contains information on the Older American’s Act, State Ombudsman Programs, and an expansive directory of Web sites on aging.

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association’s official website. This site is your gateway to a wealth of information on Alzheimer’s disease. Mission is “to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.”

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and over. It provides information and resources; advocate on legislative, consumer, and legal issues; assist members to serve their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for members.

Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly
Non-profit organization, based in Philadelphia, dedicated to improving the quality of life for vulnerable older people. Mission includes informing policy-makers, education programs targeted at providing information and improving the ability of those who help frail older adults to give quality care.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMC)
The federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid. CMMC provides health insurance for over 74 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid and other programs, and regulates nursing homes and other health care providers.

Coalition to Protect America’s Elders
The Coalition is a nonprofit national advocacy organization founded in 1997. The Coalition works closely with our nation’s most prominent elder organizations and other advocacy groups to create public awareness of the conditions that exist in our nation’s nursing homes and propose effective solutions for improving the quality of nursing home care.

National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
National advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. formed because of public concern about substandard care in nursing homes. Works closely with State Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, and operates National Ombudsman Resource Center.

Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guide contains information to help people find and compare nursing homes.



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