North Carolina Receives a “D” in Nursing Home Care

Nursing homes have a frighteningly high occurrence of neglect throughout the United States. Unfortunately, North Carolina is among the worst states in terms of nursing home care.

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Our Greensboro personal injury lawyers are committed to raising awareness about the possible dangers in nursing homes.

According to a report by Families for Better Care North Carolina received a grade of “D” for the quality of its nursing homes.

The Nursing Homes Report Card is a project that ranks, compares, and analyzes each state’s nursing homes in terms of quality.

The group is a non-profit organization that is committed to making the public aware of the sub-par conditions that exist in many of the United States long-term care environments, including nursing homes. The Nursing Home Report Card is dedicated to assisting in the development of solutions that improve the quality of care, and quality of life for individuals in nursing homes.

In the United States today, over 1.5 million individuals are living in nursing homes. There are 15,543 nursing homes in America.

As the baby boomers reach retirement age, this number is expected to increase dramatically (by as much as 40 percent). Many of these individuals may not be particularly excited about the prospect of spending their final days in a nursing home.

In North Carolina received sub-par or failing grades in all categories related to the staffing in its nursing homes.

Even though many North Carolina facilities violated either state or federal law, North Carolina regulators did not issue a great number of deficiencies when compared with other states.

According to the raw data on Nursing Home Report Cards, almost 95 percent of all facilities in the state had deficiencies. Of the facilities in North Carolina, 14 percent had severe deficiencies.

Overall most of the states in the study that did better than North Carolina had a larger number of staff persons present. The higher staffing numbers translate directly to less deficiencies.

A tragic statistic from the study revealed that 1 in 5 nursing homes mistreated, neglected, or abused residents in just under half of all states.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, elder mistreatment (such as neglect and abuse is defined as actions that are intentional which result in harm or create a substantial risk of harm).

Although neglect is a well-known problem in nursing homes, it is difficult to obtain accurate numbers regarding the amount of elders affected. Often times, an elderly individual will be reluctant to admit they are being abused, or report abuse due to a lack of cognitive or physical ability to report and fear of retaliation from the abuser.

Lastly, elderly individuals do not report abuse because they do not want to get their abuser into trouble (it is estimated that 90% of abusers are family members). Often times family members who abuse alcohol or drugs abuse elder family members at higher rates.

Some studies show that 1 in 10 elderly individuals suffer abuse (not including financial abuse). Another study estimates that only 1 in 14 instances of abuse are ever reported/discovered by authorities.

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