Nursing homes are meant to be facilities where health care professionals help provide care for the elderly. Unfortunately, there are a number of facilities where abuse and neglect occur. This issue is especially relevant now that the elderly population is increasing, creating a greater need for long-term quality care. The decision to place a loved into a nursing home can be difficult. In addition to the high cost, families also face the tragic possibility of nursing home abuse.
A government study revealed that in 2012, at least one case of abuse or neglect was reported in 85 percent of nursing homes. The Office of the Inspector General indicated that nursing homes only reported 53 percent of allegations against them that same year, suggesting that the actual rate of abuse is likely even higher.
Unfortunately, some facilities consider profits more important than patient care. Oftentimes, Medicaid and Medicare fund a substantial amount of care in nursing homes, but this money does not always seem to trickle down to residents. Some nursing homes may continue to accept new residents in order to keep collecting government money while failing to provide care. Abuse and neglect may stem from a number of factors, including poorly trained staff, under staffing and high turnover rates.