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Safeguarding Loved Ones from Nursing Home Abuse

Steve Wagner

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home facility is not an easy one. It is important to check the background and reputation of the facility. Nursing home residents require the help of others to live their daily lives. While receiving this care, they are also entitled to dignity and respect. Assisted living abuse sadly is a prevalent phenomenon and is more of a general term. There are several kinds of elder abuse that can be perpetrated.

How Many People Reside in Nursing Homes?

According to the 2010 census in the United States, the Baby Boom Generation effect will continue for a few more decades. This means that as of 2010 America had an elderly population that constituted 13% of the total. As per elderly population projections for 2050, around 20% of the population will be over 65 years of age. A large number of these senior citizens will find their way to assisted living establishments and the chances of abuse cases will be on the rise. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 900,000 people lived in elderly nursing homes in 2009.

How Many Nursing Home Residents Suffer Abuse?

Surveys show that 7% of nursing home complaints were related to abuse and neglect. Over 44% reported having been abused and almost 95% spoke of neglect in a study conducted in 2000, covering a sample base of 2000 residents.

Understand Assisted Living Abuse

Abuse can be broadly classified into physical, mental, financial, sexual and neglect. Some of this abuse can result in permanent physical damage. Research shows that there is a strong correlation between the infrastructure at facilities, the numbers and experience of the staff, and the level or kind of abuse. In most cases, the ratio of patients to beds and to caregivers is much higher than mandated. Also, the qualifications and experience of caregivers often comes under question. In short, more often than not, the larger the facility, the more the chances of neglect.

Ensure the Safety of your Loved Ones

Regular checks and evaluations from governmental agencies are ways to ensure the safety of our elderly, but there is also responsibility on the family members. Regular visits and discreet examinations and observations will help you judge whether your loved one is safe. Should something be amiss and abuse evident, then contacting a nursing home neglect attorney should be your first move.

Attain Justice for Nursing Home Abuse

There are several state and federal laws in place that govern the rights of assisted living residents. Should you suspect a case of abuse, these lawyers will be in a position to help you make a case and fight for what is due to you and your loved ones. As a first step to deal with assisted living abuse, they will help you file a complaint in the state you reside in and will facilitate investigations.

Rest assured that when you meet with our Indianapolis nursing home neglect attorneys, your case is in good hands. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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