There are a lot of elderly people in the US today. Research done back in 2010 tell us that there are more than 40 million people older than 65, and 6 million of those are more than 85 years old. In Illinois nursing homes, the number of residents has been on the rise for quite some time now. In Aurora, Illinois for instance, there are currently over 10 thousand residents aged between 65-74 and over 5 thousand people are more than 75 years old.
There are currently 16,639 nursing homes in the US with more than 1.3 million nursing home residents. 44% of nursing home residents have reported in the past that they have been abused, and a staggering 95% of these residents report that they had been neglected, or have seen another resident neglected.
Unfortunately, as you can figure out by looking at these stats, nursing home abuse is not something that happens on rare occasions. Families place their trust in this facilities and expect them to protect the well-being of their loved ones. Instead of providing adequate care, nursing homes break this trust and fail to follow the standard of care established by the Illinois state. Our Aurora IL personal injury attorneys take these cases extremely seriously.
The statistics reflecting these incidents in the United States are staggering. There are more than two million cases of elderly abuse reported every year. Also, one out of every ten individuals situated in nursing homes experienced at least one form of elderly abuse. The most frequent type of abuse in nursing home is neglect (58.5%), but there’s also a lot of physical abuse (15.7%) and financial exploitation (12.3%).
It is important to know that the abuse of the elderly in nursing homes is not limited to violent and physical abuse. In many cases, the elderly who live inside the walls of a nursing home are in a very isolated and dependent position.
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They are vulnerable to various types of “standard of care” violations. Due to numerous factors, the elderly in nursing homes that have been victims of abuse just won’t report it. This is why it is important for family members to be able to recognize the symptoms and signs of neglect and abuse.
When you visit them, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the following symptoms and signs:
- Bruising on knees, elbows and thighs may indicate falls
- Signs of bed sores
- Malnutrition and Dehydration
- Medical Equipment – make sure that the breathing tubes are not clogged
- Over-medication and medication errors – these may cause the elderly individual to seem muddled or cognitively confused. If there is no previous history of dementia, make sure to ask for a second opinion.
In most cases, this abuse happens without the elderly person’s knowledge, especially in those financial abuse cases. This is why it is important to keep track of your loved one’s income and the expenses tied to their life in the nursing home. This will give you time to react before the financial abuse becomes very serious.
Fortunately for us, the US government has taken notice of the shocking elderly abuse cases in nursing homes. This is why the government has stepped up their oversight in these facilities.