Click me

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect A Growing Concern General Population of people over 65 Number of Nursing Homes in the U.S. In 2003: 35,919,174 In 2012:43,145,356 In 2003:16380 In 2012:15652 Increase of 7,226,182 people A decrease of 728 Nursing Homes 2003 2012 |2012 In 2012, more than 1.4 million people 65 and older lived in nursing homes. Bed Sores in Nursing Homes Bed sores are among the most serious medical conditions that occur at nursing residents have suffered from a pressure ulcer. homes. More than 10 percent of nursing home The rate of pressure ulcers in nursing home patients is often a quality-care indicator. Of those patients, about half of those diagnosed had Stage 2 bed sores. More than one-third of all nursing home residents with bed sores rated as "Stage 2" or higher required "special wound care services." Between 2 percent and 28 percent of nursing home residents currently suffer from bed sores. About 5% of adults 65 and older live in nursing homes, but nursing home residents account for about 20% of deaths from falls in this age group. 16.6% 1800 16.6% reported a fall (since they were admitted or since the most recent assessment). About 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries Those who survive frequently sustain injuries that result in permanent disability and reduced quality of life. 20% Each year, a typical nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 - 200 falls. Many falls go unreported. Between half and three- quarters of nursing home residents fall each year. That's twice the rate of falls among older adults living in the community. Falls result in disability functional decline, and reduced quality of life Fear of falling can cause further loss of function, depression, feelings of helplessness, and social isolation. Environmental hazards in nursing homes cause 16% to 27% of falls among residents. Such hazards include wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height, and improperly fitted or maintained wheelchairs. According to the CDC fall prevention in nursing homes presents multiple challenges. These preventative Fall interventions include: 1. Assessing patients after a fall to identify and address risk factors and treat the underlying medical conditions. measures are the 2. Educating staff about fall risk factors and prevention strategies. responsibility of the Nursing Home. Are they doing this properly? 3. Reviewing prescribed medicines to assess their potential risks and benefits and to minimize use. 4. Making changes in the nursing home environment to make it easier for residents to move around safely. 5. Providing patients with hip pads that may prevent a hip fracture if a fall occurs. 6. Exercise programs can improve balance, strength, walking ability, and physical functioning among nursing home residents. Other Signs of Abuse or Neglect Physical injury from falls Malnutrition or dehydration Bed sores, pressure ulcers Gangrene Aspiration pneumonia Over-sedation Poor medical care Medication mistakes Lack of supervision Property theft Abandonment Ineffective equipment Sexual assault Coercion Physical or mental abuse Poor Hygiene Bruises Fractures Urinary Tract Infections Sepsis Wrongful death R THE ROTHENBERG LAW FIRM LLP A PROUD HISTORY OF SUCCESS 8 800-624-8888 Injury Sources: 1. Certification/CertificationandComplianc/downloads/nursinghomedatacompendium_508.pdf 2. 3.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

shared by KevinEvans on Jan 20
Nursing Home Neglect Demographics across the country are changing. A larger percentage of the American population than ever before is over 65 years old. Many of these individual can expect to live fo...



Human Rights
Did you work on this visual? Claim credit!

Get a Quote

Embed Code

For hosted site:

Click the code to copy


Click the code to copy
Customize size