In a 2017 article by the Center for Justice and Democracy at New York Law School, there is an epidemic of nursing home abuse and neglect in the United States. According to a 2014 Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General report, 33 percent of seniors in skilled nursing facilities experienced adverse or temporary harm events, 59 percent of which were preventable.This included excessive bleeding due to medication, falls or other trauma, several kinds of infections, pressure ulcers and acute kidney injury.
Of note in the survey, documentation of extreme underreporting of all types of abuse and neglect is likely throughout the industry. According to the National Research Council, “a vast reservoir of undetected and unreported elder mistreatment in nursing homes may exist. Because nursing home residents as a class are both extremely physically vulnerable and generally unable either to protect themselves or report elder mistreatment they experience, the physical and emotional costs of elder mistreatment in such environments are likely to be very high.”
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