If you are considering placing your elderly loved one under the care of a nursing home or other long-term care facility, consider the following facts:
- Between 1 and 2 million Americans who are age 65 and older have been injured, exploited, or mistreated by someone whom they depend on for care and protection.
- For every case of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect that is reported to authorities, five more cases go unreported.
- There were 472,813 reported incidences of elder abuse in 2000 alone across the U.S.
- Long-term care residents suffer 1.9 adverse drug events each year with 70% being preventable. As many as 86,000 of these events are fatal or life-threating to the resident.
Although there is only so much information we can gain from news broadcasts and state reports as to what truly goes on inside these facilities, these statistics prove just how dangerous it can be to have an elderly individual living in a long-term care facility. With this information and that you may have already uncovered, be sure you are certain that the place you choose to put your loved one in has a good track record and hasn’t received any violations or citations.
Why does nursing home abuse continue to occur?
The truth is, a majority of nursing homes that are currently in operation are making a large profit off of the services they offer. And if you have visited a few recently and inquired about pricing, then you know it isn’t exactly “affordable” to place an elderly loved one in a long-term care facility. While there are plenty of non-profit facilities out there that are geared to helping the elderly by providing them with the care they require, there are others that are looking to make money. “For-profit nursing homes have on average 32 percent fewer nurses and 47 percent higher deficiencies than non-profit nursing homes.” While you would think they would use this “extra” income to hire more staff, they don’t. And without enough staff, the elderly residents living in these facilities are more at risk of getting hurt.
Another reason we continue to see and hear about the abuse and neglect that occurs within nursing homes is that very few of these facilities are ever held responsible for their actions. Although they are inspected, it is a rare occurrence that a nursing home is fined and if they are, they usually only have to pay a fraction of what the initial amount of the fine was.
While many families would much rather choose to care for their elderly relative rather than place them in a nursing home, some are forced to do this simply because they have no other choice. But, if you ever learn that your loved one was mistreated or neglected during their time living in a facility, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. in Chicago immediately.
In the event you already have a loved one living in a long-term care facility and believe they are being abused, contact this firm now at 1-312-384-1920 and get your consultation scheduled. While you have the option of reporting your concerns to someone higher up, you have a better chance of having your issue addressed with the help these Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys can offer.