Over 1.6 million people live in licensed adult care facilities across the United States. Around 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day, and an alarming 1 out of 4 of them is at risk of nursing home abuse or neglect. This study, along with others conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Department of Health, raise some serious concern as to how this unfortunate issue can be remedied.
Here are some Nursing Home Abuse statistics:
- 44% of nursing home residents have suffered some form of abuse.
- 38% of residents have witnessed the abuse of other residents.
- 80% of nursing home abuse cases go unreported.
- Around 50% of nursing home residents have pain that goes untreated.
- Emotional abuse is a common occurrence, comprising of about 20% of nursing home abuse cases.
- 16% of these cases can be attributed to physical abuse.
- In 1999, 5,000 death certificates of nursing home patients listed dehydration, malnutrition, starvation, or bedsores as the cause of death. As such, 12% of nursing home abuse cases arise from neglect.
- An astonishing 1 out of 3 nursing homes has been cited for nursing home abuse and other infractions.
- 11% of nursing homes have been cited for unnecessary dispensing of prescription drugs.
- CNN reports that over 90% of adult care facilities are understaffed, a statistic that most nursing home employees believe to be the root of the abuse and neglect that does occur.
- In 2016, the average cost for a room in a private nursing home was $92,000 a year.
You can help address this nationwide concern. If you spot any manifestation of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact a RI nursing home abuse lawyer immediately. Protect the rights of your loved ones, and help them live the quality life that they deserve in a nursing home.
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