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The Shocking Reality of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

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If someone you care about resides in a nursing home in San Antonio, chances are high that she has suffered some sort of abuse. In A Hand Pointing to an Elder Abuse Signfact, about one-third of all nursing homes across the United States has received citations of abuse. Emotional, physical, financial, and even sexual abuse commonly occurs in these facilities—and some of the abuse results in death.

According to a study conducted by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, 5,283 facilities were found guilty of abuse in the United States in 2001. About 9,000 incidences were cited from January 1999 to January 2001. In 1,601 cases, the abuse was serious enough “to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.” These helpless victims suffered from a variety of maladies, including malnutrition, dehydration, untreated bedsores, and preventable accidents.

Statistics You Need to Know About

Typically, females are more at risk for becoming victims of abuse and the older they are, the more likely they will become targets. Additionally, patients who have some sort of dementia are often victims of abuse. Here, we take a look at the other disturbing information that gives us an idea of the conditions those in nursing homes experience:

  • In a study of 2,000 nursing home residents, 44 percent of the participants said they were victims of abuse, and 95 percent witnessed other residents being abused.
  • Over half of the nursing home employees who were questioned in the study admitted to mistreating nursing home residents. This abuse included physical violence, emotional abuse, and neglect.
  • In a study in which certified nursing assistants were questioned, 17 percent had grabbed, shoved, or pushed nursing home residents. Over half reported they had yelled at residents, and almost one-quarter had cursed at or insulted a resident.

You Can Fight for Your Loved One’s Rights

Nursing home residents are often too scared to report the abuse they experience. Sadly, some die because of the abuse. If this happened to someone you love, you may be able to hold the people who are responsible accountable for their terrible actions. The personal injury lawyers at Wayne Wright LLP want to talk to you about your options. Contact us today to set up a consultation by calling 800-237-3334 and find out how we may be able to help you.


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