Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home neglect and abuse is too common and increasing. Despite us paying facilities to care and protect our elderly loved ones, they instead endure physical and emotional harm more often than reported.
Nursing home abuse takes many forms:
Neglect occurs when the facility fails to meet the appropriate nursing home standard of care, such as failing to provide adequate food, medical treatment, personal hygiene, and a safe and sanitary living conditions. Often times, pressure ulcers/bedsores, dehydration, and malnutrition are all signs of abuse.
Physical abuse occurs not only by staff striking or physically hurting a resident, it may also occur if a patient is overmedicated, or is placed in restraints.
Sexual abuse may occur from a caregiver, another employee or even another resident, or visitor. Often residents are too weak or ill to consent.
Studies estimate that:
More than two (2) million cases of elder abuse are reported every year, and almost one (1) out of every ten (10) elderly individuals will experience some form of elder abuse. This is seriously underreported and thus the numbers are much higher.
More than 40% of nursing home residents have reported abuse, and more than 90% report that they or another resident of the facility have been neglected;
12% of nursing home staff members reported neglecting the needs of residents, according to a 2020 WHO report. Nearly 12% of residents or their families also reported nursing home neglect cases in the same study.
If you suspect or are certain a loved one living in a nursing home has experienced abuse, contact us or submit your details online and someone will contact you shortly. There is no fee unless you receive compensation. We take a personalized, compassionate approach to educate you on you rights and a zealous approach in investigating and fighting for you to get the justice you deserve.