Long-term care and nursing home facilities provide vital services to communities across the state of Rhode Island and the entire country. After all, nursing homes often provide residents with a level of medical and care support that they would not have access to in the home environment. Unfortunately, however, the nursing home environment can also expose patients to painful incidents of neglect and/or mistreatment. If you currently reside in an assisted living facility or have a loved one who lives in a nursing home, it is always important to be aware risks and incident rates associated with nursing home abuse. We here at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, Attorneys at Law, advocate on behalf of nursing home residents and their families to promote patient rights and combat against all forms of elder abuse.
Discussing incidents of nursing home abuse across the country, ABC News reported that the troubling trend is on the rise. Since 1996, nursing home violations for negligence and abuse have increased annually. Figures pointing to a national increase in elder abuse incidents are especially concerning considering that almost 2 million Americans currently live in nursing home facilities, and the vast majority of nursing homes operate as for-profit establishments.