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Nursing Home Abuse in Maine
The National Center in Elder Abuse estimates that one in ten seniors in the U.S. is abused or neglected by caregivers. That equates to a high number of people over the age of 65 who are being harmed purposely through ill-treatment and neglect.
A Cornell University study “Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study,” found that elder victims of abuse, neglect, or self-neglect face a significantly higher risk of dying prematurely.
In the same study, researchers found that the cases of elder were “24 times higher than incidents reported to social services, police or legal authorities.”
Because nursing home abuse is so detrimental and demoralizing, Maine families and caregivers must choose a nursing home or long-term care facility.
Choosing a Maine nursing home
The single most important thing a caregiver can do to protect an older adult from abuse and neglect is to choose a nursing home carefully.
Common traits of bad nursing homes:
High number of minor and severe deficiencies
Low staff-to-resident ratio
High employee turnover
Low ratings with the CMS Nursing Home Compare.
If you need to find a Maine nursing home, the first step you need to take is to make a list of facilities you are considering and check their ratings with state and federal agencies. For ratings contact the following:
Maine Long-term Care Ombudsman:
61 Winthrop St
Augusta, ME 04330
1-800-499-0229 or (207) 621-1079
Or, visit CMS Nursing Home Compare: https://www.medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare/About/HowWeCalculate.html
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