According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, the elderly population in the United States is projected to grow at a notable rate. Sadly, as there are more elderly people in San Bernardino, and cities in other parts of California, more instances of nursing home abuse are likely to arise.
When it comes to nursing home abuse, there are many examples of unlawful behavior that can leave residents with significant injuries. In some cases, the abuse may even lead to the loss of life. For example, a nursing home resident may verbal or physical abuse at the hands of an employee who works for the facility. However, there are many other types of abuse that may harm patients, such as the infliction of emotional harm, financial abuse and sexual assault.
Unfortunately, a study that was carried out in New York revealed that an estimated one out of every thirteen elderly people in the state had been subjected to some kind of abuse in the previous year. Moreover, it is impossible to know the exact number of nursing home abuse occurrences, since many victims never report abuse that they have experienced.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 1.4 million people lived in a nursing home in 2014. During the same year, there were more than 15,000 nursing homes spread out across the nation. When someone who is living in a nursing home is abused by another person, they deserve justice. Furthermore, families of nursing home residents may need to step in if they suspect abuse.