Nursing Home Abuse
Failure by Assisted Living or Nursing Home Staff
There are close to 17,000 nursing homes in the United States providing care to nearly 1.7 million people. If current rates continue, it is estimated that 3 million people will live in nursing homes by 2030. Another i million people live in assisted living facilities. Of the 17,000 nursing homes currently operating in the US, approximately 70% are owned by for-profit companies.
Unfortunately, many of these for-profit companies put profits over resident safety. A 2011 report by the University of California San Francisco concluded that poor quality of care is the norm in many nursing homes, especially among largest for-profit nursing home chains. The study found that the top 10 for-profit nursing home chains had lower staffing and higher deficiencies than comparable non-profit and government facilities.
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Assisted Living and Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home patients may find themselves subject to dozens of adverse conditions through no fault of their own. Bed sores, pressure ulcers, falls, fractures, malnutrition and dehydration are some of the more prominent types of injuries to which elderly patients may be subjected by negligent nursing home staff. It is a violation of Federal and Colorado law for any person, including facility staff, volunteers, visitors, family members or guardians, or another resident, to neglect or abuse a nursing home resident.
Nursing home lawsuits require knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations governing nursing homes, as well as medical knowledge and access to reputable expert witnesses. Like medical malpractice lawsuits, lawsuits against nursing homes often allege that a nurse, physician or other responsible medical provider failed to meet an applicable standard of care when providing medical or other treatment or services to a nursing home resident.
1/5 of elder abuse
cases are actually reported
16% of older adults