When your loved ones approach a certain age, they require a certain amount of care that they may not be able to provide for themselves. Increased forgetfulness, decreased mobility, and the need for daily medications can’t make it difficult for them to live on their own.
So what can you do? Should you take them in? Hire a full time nurse? Or register them to live in a nursing care facility?
Before your family makes the decision based on what is best for everyone, you need to know about the potential dark side of nursing homes.
Nursing Home Abuse Statistics and Concerns
In the United States alone, there are currently over 15,000 registered nursing care facilities and an additional 45,000 residential care facilities. These assisted living businesses house nearly 2.5 million elderly residents. Unfortunately, according to research performed by the National Center for Biotechnology, these vulnerable individuals have an increased risk of abuse and neglect when compared to the seniors who live with family or independently.
Many older residents of assisted living facilities require a lot of attention while also battling challenges such as dementia or poor mobility; these factors make it easy for them to be exploited by malicious nursing home “caregivers”. Although not all caregivers and retirement homes are guilty of abuse and neglect, the following statistics shake our confidence in the business as a whole:
- About 30% of all nursing homes have had cases of residents suffering abuse, either from staff or at the hands of other residents.
- Malnutrition, physical abuse, psychological distress, exploitation, neglect, and sexual abuse are only some of the infractions found in nursing homes across the United States.
- Nursing home inspections fail to notice at least one health code violation or suspicious act during each visit.
- Seven percent of all assisted living facility complaints involve resident abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
- Only 20% of assisted living abuse is reported.
- Some 90% of nursing home abusers are known to their victims; the guilty parties generally include staff members, other residents, or visitors.
- Extreme cases of neglect and abuse can be the direct result of nursing home deaths. One of every four nursing homes received a citation in 2001 for directly causing or failing to prevent serious injury or death to a patient.
- Convicted criminals are frequently employed at assisted living facilities. Because there is often no legal requirement to conduct background checks on nursing home workers, it’s easy for convicted criminals to be hired.
- Nursing homes are grossly understaffed (despite the hiring of criminals); 90% of nursing homes are inadequately staffed to efficiently care for the number of patients in their charge.
How Do You Feel About Placing Your Loved One in the Care of Assisted Living?
Now that you know some of the risks associated with assisted living sites, how do you feel about enrolling your loved one? Would you trust the caregivers to properly look after your grandmother? How about your mother and father? After reading about these alarmingly common atrocities, how do you feel about assisted living regulations and elder protection?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section provided on this page. We’re extremely interested in learning your concerns and any personal experiences you may have had with nursing home abuse.