Nursing home abuse and neglect

Elder Abuse Awareness

Sadly, every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. June is elder abuse awareness month, we encourage you to learn more and join in our efforts to spread awareness. 

Nursing home resident

Placing a loved one in a nursing home facility is a difficult decision. We want them to be treated with kindness and compassion and to receive the best medical treatment available. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a sad fact of life for many of these residents. It can be difficult to ascertain whether your family member is being mistreated, ignored or even assaulted.

nursing home abuse

The nursing home industry recently celebrated a triumph in a long term battle to scale back fines and regulations, regulations that were put in place to protect residents from abuse and neglect. The Trump administration has agreed to shift Medicare’s penalty protocols by discouraging inspectors to impose fines on nursing homes in violation of federal regulation.

Nursing home abuse

Physical abuse in nursing home facilities is defined as the use of force against a person that results in physical pain, injury or impairment. Besides physical assault such as pushing, shoving and hitting, it also includes the inappropriate use of restraints and drugs, as well as confinement.

nursing home elder woman

Statistics show approximately 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse. Many experts speculate more than 1 in 10 suffer abuse but are unable to report the abuse due to their physical or mental state.

Nursing home abuse victim

Culture change, also called person-centered care or resident-directed care, is a newer model of care for nursing home residents. Long-term care is usually applied in nursing home facilities under the medical model. The person-centered care model attempts to nurture and provide for the humanity of the resident as well as their medical needs.

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