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When Nursing Homes Aren’t Safe: Common Types of Elder Abuse

About one-third of nursing homes across the United States has received citations for abuse, says a study conducted by the Special Nursing Home Staff Pointing Angrily at a ResidentInvestigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee. The study was conducted over a two-year period, from January 1999 to January 2001, and found that over 5,000 facilities were found guilty of some sort of elder abuse.

This is a frightening and disgusting statistic, as about one in eight people over the age of 85 reside in nursing homes. Which means that there is a good chance that someone you love probably lives in a nursing home.

Types of Abuse That Nursing Home Residents May Endure

The elderly and their family believe that those who work in nursing homes are trustworthy and will provide for those in their care. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. The following are a few examples of the different kinds of abuse residents often experience:

  • Neglect. Untreated bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, poor medical care, and inadequate hygiene and sanitation are just a few of the side effects of neglect in a nursing home. The staff may unintentionally neglect residents due to a high caseload, or they may simply fail to provide adequate care and hurt patients as a result.
  • Physical abuse. It’s hard to even think about, but some nursing home residents are beaten or physically hurt by the staff that are supposed to care for them. Unfortunately, physical abuse can easily lead to death.
  • Sexual abuse. Nursing home residents may suffer fatal injuries from sexual abuse. This abuse could occur from other residents in the facility, or the staff.

Don’t Let the Negligent Staff Get Away With it

You trust the staff members of the nursing home to provide the care for your loved one that you can’t. The attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP want to help you receive the justice and compensation you may be entitled to because of your loved one’s wrongful death. Contact us today by calling 800-237-3334 to speak to a legal professional about your situation.