Residents of nursing homes are less likely to experience nursing home neglect and abuse when they are visited often by family, friends, and other loved ones. You can become their eyes, ears, and voice when they become debilitated and unable to make their wants and needs known.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Statistics
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, in 2010 there were 16,639 Nursing Homes in the US with 1,736,645 beds. “Over 50% of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating (e.g. physical violence, mental abuse, neglect) older patients within the prior year in one study. Two thirds of those incidents involved neglect. [Ben Natan, M., & Lowenstein, A. (2010). Study of factors that affect abuse of older people in nursing homes. Nursing Management, 17(8),]
What You Can Do
Make sure to pay attention to potential signs of nursing home neglect. [Read more…]