Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are on the rise in Arizona and globally. As the baby boomers start to enter their golden years and the population increases, incidents involving nursing home residents are expected to increase as well. More than 13% of the U.S. population is over the age of 65. Some nursing homes fail to meet the safety standards on site and at the expense of employees. Patients falling are a common accident inside nursing homes and account for 87% of all elderly fractures. Nursing home falls can lead to immobilization, which leads to more complications and financial issues.
Employee neglect can instigate bedsores, dehydration, starvation, and pneumonia. Immobile or physically struggling patients need constant care to prevent such issues, making employee overtime necessary although often financially uncompensated. Emotional abuse towards patients is another form of employee neglect, which can lead to emotional trauma. Nursing Home Abuse Guide states, “More than half of all Certified Nursing Assistants (CAN’s) in elder care facilities have admitted verbally abusing, yelling at, and using foul language with elderly residents of care facilities.” Furthermore, over 40% of nursing home residents have reported abuse while more than 90% admit that they or someone they know has been neglected.
As long as population continues to increase, a decrease of neglect is not expected. It is important to stay informed on nursing home care for the sake of your loved ones. If possible, claim court-appointed guardianship for family members who are unable to think soundly, as nursing homes also have this ability. Seek legal assistance immediately if knowledge of nursing home abuse becomes available.
If you or a loved one have been affected by nursing home abuse, please contact the attorneys at Dault Law.
Statistics derived from NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org & LearnNotToFall.org
Co-written by Elise Childers for DaultLaw