1 out of 3 nursing homes across the country have been cited for nursing home abuse and other related infractions.
11% of nursing homes have been cited for unnecessary dispensing of prescription drugs
1/4 of the aides prosecuted for abusing patients have previous criminal records and 5% of nursing home aides across the nation have criminal records.
1 to 2 million Americans over 65 have been abused, neglected or mistreated by their primary caregiver.
In 1999, 5,000 death certificates of nursing home patients listed dehydration, malnutrition, starvation, or bedsores as the cause of death.
CNN reports that just over 90% of nursing home facilities are understaffed. These staff shortages lead to increased instances of health problems, neglect, and abuse.
Only 16% of elder abuse cases are ever reported, according to the National Elder Abuse Incident Study.
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