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Nursing Home Abuse: A Growing Problem

By Law Office of Mark Bush  Mar. 24, 2011 2:45p

According to reports, nursing home abuse occurs in approximately 30% of facilities nationwide. However, even more alarming is the fact that nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect are grossly under reported. In many instances, the victims are unable to speak for themselves and abuse cases are never brought to light. Nursing home abuse covers a wide range of abuses and/or neglect such as malnutrition, dehydration, sexual abuse, inadequate medical care, psychological abuse, battery, restraining and much more. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, contact a San Diego personal injury attorney immediately for legal advice.

Aiding the Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

Due to the fact that American's are living longer today than ever before, millions of our parents and grandparents are taking up residence in our nation's nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other care settings. According to a survey releases by Weill Cornell and colleagues, approximately 7.6% of people who are 60+ have experienced elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation in the last 12 months. These surveys did not capture the voices of those who are at the greatest risk, the elderly who live in assisted living facilities and nursing homes that cannot pick up the phone and answer surveyor's questions.

The abuse rates for people afflicted with Alzheimer's disease is at a staggering 47% for people with dementia who live with caregivers, according to a 2010 study conducted by the University of California, Irvine. Sadly, only one out of every 23 cases of elder abuse ever comes to light according to the study conducted by Weill Cornell and colleagues. A report by the Government Accountability Offices states that our response to elder abuse falls 40 years behind child abuse and 20 years behind domestic violence. If you suspect your loved one has fallen victim to nursing home abuse or neglect, contact a San Diego nursing home abuse attorney from the Law Office of Mark Bush today for help. 

Contact a San Diego nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm today for a free initial consultation.

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