Nursing Home Abuse Infographic Content Summary
The population of people over 65 went from 35,919,174 in 2003 to 43,145,356 in 2012.
However, there were 15652 Nursing Homes in 2012. A decrease from 16380 in 2003.
In 2012, 35% of nursing home residents complained of “Pain within the Past 5 days”. Delete from text
16.6% reported a fall since they were admitted or since the most recent assessment.
Other Signs of Abuse or Neglect:
- Physical injury from falls
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Bed sores, pressure ulcers
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Poor medical care
- Medication mistakes
- Lack of supervision
- Property theft
- Ineffective equipment
- Sexual assault
- Physical or mental abuse
- Poor Hygiene
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Wrongful death
Bed sores are among the most serious medical conditions that occur at nursing homes, and the rate of pressure ulcers in nursing home patients is often a quality-care indicator. Indeed, many nursing homes residents across the country may suffer from elder neglect, as anywhere between 2 percent and 28 percent of nursing home residents currently suffer from bed sores.
- Stage 1: a persistent redness in the skin;
- Stage 2: loss of partial thickness of the skin, which can look like an abrasion, a blister, or a shallow crater;
- Stage 3: loss of full thickness of the skin, which usually looks like a deep crater; and
- Stage 4: loss of full thickness of the skin such that muscles or bones are exposed.
How often are nursing home residents diagnosed with a bed sore? Based on data collected by the CDC, more than 10 percent of nursing home residents have suffered from a pressure ulcer. Of those patients, about half of those diagnosed had Stage 2 bed sores. Some other significant facts and figures include:
Age is a factor: nursing home residents who were aged 64 years and younger actually were more likely than older residents to be diagnosed with bed sores.
Time in nursing home matters: residents who were at a nursing home for one year or less were more likely than long-term residents to be diagnosed with a pressure ulcer.
Weight loss may be a sign: about 20 percent of nursing home residents with recent weight loss also had a bed sore
More than one-third of all nursing home residents with bed sores rated as “Stage 2” or higher required “special wound care services.”
Checklist for assessing Nursing Homes: