While most people do not like to think about a time when they will be old and unable to care for themselves, the truth is that since the life expectancy in New Jersey and across the United States is rising, the odds are high that many people will need to eventually be placed in a facility that provides around the clock in their senior years. Unfortunately, given the rising instances in nursing home abuse and neglect, many families may find themselves needing the legal assistance of a nursing home lawyer Cherry Hill, NJ clients trust.
Study on Aging and Nursing Homes
A recent study concluded that more than half of seniors in this country will have to stay at a nursing home at some point in their lives. The study was conducted by researchers from the RAND Center for the Study of Aging. The data used for the study collected over an 18-year period and used in the Health and Retirement Study funded by the National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Social Security Administration.
The study found that more than 50 percent of senior citizens will need care from either an assisted living facility or a nursing home at least once during their life. The majority of the stays at nursing homes will be short and usually financially manageable. Approximately five percent of adults will likely spend more than 1,500 days in nursing homes.
These estimates are higher than what the federal government had previously estimated the need for. Studies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are concluded that only 35 percent of seniors will need nursing home care during their lifetime.
A Cherry Hill, NH nursing home lawyer knows that many nursing homes already face critical staff shortages, as well as untrained and inexperienced staff. The projection of increased need on an already overburdened nursing home system also means that there will likely be an increase in the incidents of abuse and neglect residents will suffer.
The current rates of abuse and neglect are already horrifying. A report prepared by the United States Congress revealed that approximately one-third of the nursing homes in this country have been cited for violations that put nursing home residents at high risk of harm. And even more alarming is the result of one survey of nursing home residents where 45 percent of the participants said they had been victims of abuse while staying in a nursing home. Ninety-five percent said they had witnessed another resident neglected by a member of the staff.
Let Our Firm Help
If your elderly loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, your family has the right to seek financial justice against those responsible for their pain and suffering. Call Davis & Brusca, LLC to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a nursing home lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ today.