October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Alabama holds a 'D' rating for adequate nursing home care
In 2009, individuals aged 65 or older contributed to 12.9% of the U.S. population. By 2030, it is expected that the number of elderly U.S. citizens will double from the number there were in the year 2000, says the Administration on Aging. As the population of elderly individuals in Jefferson County and across the county increases, so does the number of the elderly that reside in nursing homes and are abused
or neglected while receiving care.
Elder abuse in Alabama
According to the American Psychological Association, as many as 4 million elderly Americans endure some form of abuse or neglect every year, with many of these types of cases going undetected. Elderly abuse comes in a variety of different forms, such as:
-Hitting, beating, shoving, slapping and other types of physical harm
-Sexual abuse such as forced sexual contact, assault and battery
-Threats, humiliation, harassment and other forms of psychological and mental harm
-Failure to provide an elderly individual with adequate care
-Using an elderly person's funds in an improper or illegal manner
These various types of abuse are prevalent in Alabama nursing homes. WKRG.com reports that a 97 year old woman that lived in a nursing home was physically tossed around by an employee while another woman's skin was ripped off by a door frame when she went through the door in a wheelchair. The workers at the nursing home
covered up the incident by having the woman wear a sweater instead of treating her for her injuries.
A former employee of a nursing home in Alabama stated that some of the residents of the nursing home she worked at had bedsores so intense that the tailbone on their body was surfacing through the skin among other horrific things that took place. Due to these types of stories and reports, Alabama holds a D ranking when it comes to providing nursing home residents with adequate care.
Consequences of abuse and neglect
The consequences of minimal to several elder abuse are detrimental to nursing home resident's lives. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elderly individuals that are abused have a 300% higher chance of fatality compared with those that had never been abused. In addition to this higher risk of death, elderly individuals that are abused are also prone to significant psychological stress as well as other harmful health problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety, digestive and bone problems and heart issues.
If one of your loved ones resides in a nursing home and they are exhibiting signs of abuse or neglect, contact a personal injury attorney to determine what you can do to assert their legal rights.
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