It’s always a difficult decision to place a loved one in someone else’s care. Nursing homes are supposed to be licensed and trusted facilities that will provide comfort, services, and medical attention to their residents. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for facility owners and nursing home staff to take advantage of the most vulnerable of their residents.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can be tragic and can result in lasting consequences for victims and their families. Statistically, one in three U.S. nursing homes has had reports of abuse or neglect from residents. If you are facing these heartbreaking circumstances, the caring and compassionate Virginia nursing home abuse attorneys at Schilling & Esposito are ready to speak with you about your rights and help you determine the best course of action to help keep your loved one safe and free of harm.
The Frequency of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
The population of elderly adults in the U.S. continues to get distinctly older. According to the latest Census figures, the Baby Boomers began turning 65 in 2011, and this is going to continue for many years. By 2060, the number of people age 65 and older in the U.S. is expected to double.
These figures present a unique challenge, one of which is a demand for adequate health and senior care. The number of adults living with Alzheimer’s disease has skyrocketed as has the need for nursing and assisted living facilities for millions of Americans.
There are several glaring issues related to nursing home care. The first is that many facilities are poorly staffed or grossly understaffed. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, roughly 91% of nursing homes have problems related to adequate staffing. Second, elder abuse is often underreported. Either regulators don’t catch problems that they should, or signs of elder abuse are mistaken for something else.
Families should never feel guilty about deciding to use these facilities but should be armed with the facts before making a choice about which facility is best for their elderly family members. There are many nursing homes that have your loved one’s best interest in mind, and that follow strict guidelines for care. It’s the others that you should be wary of while understanding your rights in the wake of nursing home abuse or neglect.