Many families make the difficult decision to admit their aging parent or grandparent to a nursing home, assisted living center, or senior living retirement community when they can no longer care for themselves. These facilities are expensive, costing as much as $10,000 per month. Industry experts estimate that by 2021, the average annual cost for private nursing homes will rise to $175,000 per year. When placing our vulnerable family members into the hands of others, we have certain expectations of superb care, skilled, trained professionals, comfort, healthcare, support, and companionship. Unfortunately, these facilities often fall short.
More than 30% of all nursing homes experience some form of resident abuse or neglect by a staff member or other resident. Even more troubling, a 2005 study revealed that over 90% of the nursing homes in the United States received a citation for deficiencies by health inspectors. To make matters worse, only 20% of instances of abuse or neglect or ever reported. This is why it is so important to report such allegations to your state’s agency that regulates nursing homes and assisted living centers. In Texas, that agency is the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
Types of Elder Abuse Suffered by Residents
Elderly patients are subjected to various types of abuse and neglect in residential care facilities. Some general forms of elder abuse and neglect include:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual assault
- Financial abuse and fraud
- Bed sores
- Cuts and lacerations
Get Professional Help
If you feel your loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect of any kind at the hands of their caretaker, call the nursing home and elder abuse and neglect attorneys at Ramsey Law Group. We understand the vulnerability of those affected, and we know the technical aspects and strategies to win. To schedule a free consultation, contact us at 1-888-335-7477 or email us at email@example.com.