There are over 16,000 nursing homes operating in the United States today. These facilities combined provide over 1.7 million beds for their elderly residents. Instances of nursing home abuse and neglect are rampant amongst this population. In many cases the cause of the neglect is simply a product of under-staffing.
According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2004 8 percent of U.S. nursing home residents had an emergency department visit in a 90 day span. This ostensibly insignificant number accounts for roughly 123,000 people. Of these 123,000, 40% (49,200) had a potentially preventable visit. The leading cause, according to the study, of these preventable visits are the injuries resulting from falls.1
According to another study performed by the CDC 8.9% of respondents to that study reported a fall within the 30 days prior to the interview. A staggering 33.9% of all residents surveyed had at least one reported fall in the 180 days prior to the interview.
It suffices to say that these statistics point to one logical conclusion. The risk of injury to nursing home residents stemming from falls is a very real problem. It is a pervasive problem that persists despite rather strict federal and state guidelines for the operation of nursing facilities.
What You and Your Loved One Deserve :
Checking a loved one into a long-term care facility is a difficult decision. Softening the blow is the belief that the person you care about is going to be taken care of around the clock by a professional staff. You assume that they will receive the care and adequate supervision they deserve. Unfortunately, as the above cited statistics show, that is not always the case.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of nursing home negligence or abuse contact the Hone Law Firm today. We all have the right to enjoy our golden years without the fear of preventable injury. Far too often we see cases where, after 80+ years of living, senior citizens are denied the right to enjoy their golden years and what is considerably more important, the right to die with dignity.
Contact the Hone Law Firm today for a free case assessment. As always, there is no fee unless you recover. (248)948-9800 or email@example.com.
1: Christine Caffrey, Ph.D., Potentially Preventable Emergency Department Visits by Nursing Home Residents: United States, 2004. Center for Disease Control and Prevention: NCHS Data Brief No. 33 (April 2010).
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