1 in 5 Nursing Home Residents is Abused

Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Dec 16, 2014 in Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse statistics

Placing your loved one in the care of a nursing home is a difficult and expensive decision. Adult children often wrestle with the best way to care for ailing parents.

One of the most recent studies reviewing nursing home abuse rates has revealed some shocking statistics. It seems that family members must remain incredibly vigilant when placing loved ones in nursing homes.

A nursing home abuse study reveals that one in five nursing home residents is abused. This study indicates that at least 20 percent of all nursing home abuse residents are subjected to physical, emotional and financial abuse on a regular basis.

The study was authored by Karl Pillemer, a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College along with Cornell University. The study reviewed nursing home residents and discovered that while abuse can occur in several sectors, the rates of resident-against-resident abuse was higher than the study's authors expected.

The study reviewed more than 2,000 nursing home residents in 10 different nursing homes. The study's authors interviewed residents and families and studied the reports of the nursing staff. The study revealed several different factors that increase the likelihood of abuse, including:

  • Crowded housing conditions
  • Poor staffing ratio
  • Poor training
  • Absent or ineffective conflict resolution methods between residents

The more ill and less mobile a resident, the greater the likelihood that they would be exposed to harm.

Compassionate Sacramento County Nursing Home Lawyers

Arnold Law Firms nursing home abuse attorneys have the empathy and legal skills to pursue the nursing homes that are abusing your loved ones.

If you suspect abuse, don't hesitate to call us for a free consultation.

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