Understanding the Presence of Nursing Home Neglect

Each day, nursing home residents throughout the country are neglected and abused. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect occurs too often and it is important for those who are preparing to place a loved one in a nursing home to understand the prevalence of this devastating problem. From medication errors to malnutrition or dehydration, nursing home residents are subjected to many types of neglect on a daily basis. In Providence, Rhode Island, and across the United States, nursing home residents deserve proper treatment from nursing home staff and a reasonable standard of care.

Information published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information's website outlines various forms of abuse and neglect. For example, residents may suffer from nursing home neglect when they do not receive dental care, frequent bathing and wound treatment. Other examples of neglect include a facility's failure to keep patients hydrated, turn call lights off when asked and failing to offer activities to bedridden residents.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, an elder abuse study from 2000 revealed that 44 percent of nursing home residents were abused. Also, 95 percent reported neglect or seeing another resident neglected in a nursing home. Furthermore, the NCEA reports that almost one out of every three nursing homes in the United States received citations for violating federal standards between 1999 and 2001, putting residents at risk or actually resulting in harm. In 2008, more than three million people lived in a U.S. nursing home and it is imperative for residents and their loved ones to recognize and address neglect whenever it takes place.

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