Lack of Reporting of Nursing Home Abuse Across the U.S.
The U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services released a report revealing shocking numbers that indicate nursing home abuse is being severely unnoticed across the country. In fact, the report estimates that every 1 in 5 emergency room visits from a nursing home is actually caused by nursing home abuse.
What is Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?Most people live in a nursing home when in need of assistance with day-to-day life functions that may become increasingly difficult with age. Sometimes these daily tasks require more assistance than others and nursing home residents are forced to rely on staff to ensure their safety and hygiene.
Nursing home neglect occurs when the staff disregard these duties. Nursing home abuse is an intentional infliction of harm on the patient which can be both verbal and physical.
Some of the most common nursing home abuse injuries include:Bed Sores, Dehydration/Malnutrition, Broken Bones, Infections, & Emotional Suffering.
How Can I Recognize if my Loved One is Experiencing Nursing Home Abuse?There are a few key signs that you need to know in order to properly spot nursing home abuse. First, if the staff is hesitant and makes you wait to see your loved one, it could be a sign they are hiding abuse. Second, if the staff hovers over you while visiting your loved one. Third, and most important, if you notice any new injuries on your loved one that are not easily explainable, it may be a direct result of nursing home abuse. Be aware of your surroundings and the conditions of your loved one’s living environment. Neglect can also cause serious injuries like bed sores and dehydration if your loved one is not being properly treated and cleaned.