National data on cases of abuse in America's 15,600-plus nursing homes and other elder-care programs is hard to come by. But several recent studies by government investigators, advocacy groups and the news media have chilling implications. When your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, call a West Virginia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Underwood Law Offices.
According to the National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS), 14,258 (7.6 percent) of approximately 188,599 complaints reported to state ombudsman programs in 2014 involved abuse, gross neglect or exploitation. Another study of nursing home staff throughout the country found that 36 percent had witnessed at least one incident of physical abuse of an elderly patient in the previous year, 10 percent committed at least one act of physical abuse, and 40 percent admitted to committing psychological abuse. It gets worse: A CNN special investigation aired in February found that the federal government cited more than 1,000 nursing homes for mishandling or failing to prevent alleged cases of sexual assault and abuse from 2013 to 2016.
Given that 1.4 million aging adults already live in nursing homes and that the number of Americans 65-plus will double from 2010 to 2050, West Virginia nursing home abuse will only become more pressing.
Financial abuse is often overlooked, costing older Americans more than $36 billion a year.
West Virginia nursing home abuse can encompass a wide range of behaviors, including physical, mental, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse and neglect. Beyond the physical scars left by abuse, neglect and mistreatment have dangerous effects on the quality of life left to an aging person. Elders who have been abused have a higher risk of early deathcompared to those who have not been mistreated. If your loved ones are in a nursing home or other elder care program, watch for these warning signs and if your concerned call a West Virginia Nursing Home abuse lawyer at Underwood Law Offices:
For a family member or caregiver choosing a care facility, the risk of abuse can be overwhelming and traumatic. The best way to prevent elder abuse is to choose the right care facility, which is not always easy given location or financial constraints. Nevertheless, here are factors to consider:
If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of West Virginia nursing home abuse, call a West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyer at Underwood Law Offices, toll free 844-UNDERWOOD.