ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Updated on December 7, 2017

Elder abuse in our society is growing rapidly

Each Year thousands of Americans are dying and/or becomming seriously ill as a result of neglect in our nursing homes and as baby boomers age in America; unfortunatly the population of nursing homes will rise rapidly. Approximatly 1,000,000 elderly Americans are victimized each year.Even more disturbing is the fact that Well over half of these incidents are associated with nursing homes.

From one end of the country to the other nursing home prices range from $4,000 to $6,000 per month. A very hefty price for our taxpayers. Many are paid for with our Medicare and Medicaid funds. In Short, Our tax dollars!

At these prices we as American taxpayers have the right to demand only the best care for our elderly citizens. Our mothers, our fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins. To put it simply, our families.

After all any of us could end up needing nursing care one day. If things don't change for the better and quickly - the only thing that will change is who these things are happening to. it will no longer be our families. Their victimization will have long passed; as our generation ages the fact is, It could very well could be you!

Nursing Home Neglect

© 2009 starme77


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • theirishobserver. profile image

      theirishobserver. 7 years ago from Ireland

      This is an excellent hub - in Ireland we are having many thousands of complaints about the way our elderly are being abused in residential care - like most things - those in charge of supervision on behalf of the state continue to fail our most vulnerable citizens....Irish

    • starme77 profile image

      starme77 7 years ago

      I agree , it is tough , its like having a giant toddler with no play pen , and they do get mean - like my mother in law does here at home , but, there are ways to deal with an out of control toddler, just as there are ways to deal with an out of control older person , the smells in these places come from lack of proper cleaning , not the people themselves, my house dosn't smell like a nursing home , because I clean my mother in law properly and her bed and linens also

    • FrankiesGirl6Yr profile image

      FrankiesGirl6Yr 7 years ago from South Carolina

      OK I more comment. I just watched the video. I agree very much with the attorney at the end of the video.

      I was at one of the highest recommended nursing homes around. There was a waiting list to get in!

      Most nursing homes smell, it is extremely hard for it not to. Alot of these residents have several conditions, many that effect their bowels, creating liquid out of feces. Although these patients families payed close to $5,500 a month, the place never had enough lineans.

      You have to be a very strong, loving, and committed person to work in a nursing home. I swear everyday you work there takes a week off your life.

      Although it was not right for that women to slap the man with the shirt, people have to understand working with these residents is like working with 15 huge one or two year old by yourself. Vulgur, Vulgur, comments are made, things are thrown its just......I can't even think of a word. My first day I went home and cried..

      Like I said you really have to be one of those people who has that special gift in this area...........It was not for me.I can handle compound fractures, severed limbs, and missing jaws much better than I can handle a nursing home

    • FrankiesGirl6Yr profile image

      FrankiesGirl6Yr 7 years ago from South Carolina

      I went through a quick CNA certification last semester in order to get boosted up on the waiting list for the Nursing Program. The class required 2 weeks of class or lecture and 50 hours in a nursing home. Let me tell you....This was a rude awakening for me. I was placed in the alzheimers unit for all 50 clinical hours. I can not express how sad the entire situation was. As far as the care went, I can honestly say it was a little slack, but not at the fault of staff.

      The majority of the patients on this unit have to be feed, bathed, changed, and lifted in and out of bed physically or by machine. During all of these task some patients will fight or erupt, and who can blame them many are scared and confussed. A commen question the residents would ask me, even by residents who had no idea who their spouse or child were, was, when can I go home. Heartbreaking. Although they have lost much of their memory, they know something is wrong, their uncomfortable, and do not like where they are. How do you answer a question like that?

      I honestly do not see how the place functions w/o the 10 extra students on a daily bases. Their are 2 - 3 CNA for a 20+ person unit. I truly commened those who are working CNAs, they have a HARD job, and get paid about the same as fast food worker.

    • starme77 profile image

      starme77 8 years ago

      your absolutly right! thanks for the comment

    • bearclawmedia profile image

      bearclawmedia 8 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

      It starts back in the Carter years and the introduction of medicare supplements from insurers for retired people. Before that there was respect for the elderly in America. Medicare exploded. When our government wants us to put our assets in the hands of big business we should say no.VOTE!