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Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Nursing Home Issues | 0 comments

The baby boomer generation is causing the average age of the United States population to rise. The number of old adults, or people age 65 and older, is growing exponentially. Currently there are over 42 million senior citizens in the United States and this number is projected to more than double by 2060. Because of this, the necessity for nursing home facilities is also growing and becoming an imperative need.

The average cost of care and residency for one year within a nursing home is $87,600. This cost generally includes medical expenses, boarding, and the fulfillment of basic needs by experienced staffers. Unfortunately, many for-profit nursing homes are more focused on potential profit than the care of their residents. This kind of negligence can become a pattern than progresses to abuse of the elderly clients.

According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, between one and two million adults over the age of 65 are mistreated in nursing home or assisted living facilities annually. There are some reports that the rate is even as high as one in three residents being abused. However, the age and mental health of the patients causes many of these cases to go unreported.

Abuse is the willful intent to harm someone that results in physical or mental anguish. There are three main types of nursing home abuse: physical, emotional, and financial. The reported cases of abuse range from bed sores to bankruptcy to death. Fifty percent of abuse is willfully implemented by nursing home staff and another 25 percent is inflicted from resident-to-resident from lack of supervision.

It is important that the staff and management of these facilities are accountable for the neglect or abuse that afflicts these adults. If you believed that your loved one is a recipient of abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility, contact an attorney in your area to discuss your legal options.

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