Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing homes are subject to U.S. Code of Federal Regulations policies in order to receive Medicare or Medicaid funds for long-term care.
The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 established that a nursing home must “provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident” according to a specific care plan.
Despite conducting their business under strict regulation, nursing homes are often found to be the site for abuse and neglect from those that we have given the responsibility of helping and caring for our loved ones.
While there can be many factors that contribute to abuse of the elderly in nursing homes throughout the U.S, after many years of study, statistics have shown that there are some types of abuse that appear more commonly than others.
Some of these forms of abuse include:
- sexual abuse
- physical restraint
- lack of food or water
- Registered nurses
- improper usage of prescription drugs
Signs of nursing home neglect can include:
- poor hygiene
- insufficient medical attention
- development of bedsores (pressure sores)
- emotional isolation