There is a great discussion on abuse in nursing homes that I found here.
Nursing Home Abuse is on the rise even though less people are entering nursing homes with debilitating conditions according to recent data. The true number is probably much higher but The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates at least one in 20 nursing home patients has been the victim of abuse. There are nearly 1.4 million Americans that are living in nursing homes right now.
Unfortunately, a nursing home is not always the place of respite and healing it should be. According to the National Center’s study, 57% of nurses’ aides working in long-term care facilities admitted to witness, and even participating in, acts of nursing home abuse. The report sites systemic problems within the nursing home industry, like inadequate pay for workers and chronic understaffing, as contributing to the epidemic of abuse.
Neglect is the most common form of abuse. Residents in soiled beds and clothes, or those suffering from bedsores and frozen joints are most likely victims of neglect. Indications that a patient is over or under medicated can also signal neglect.
About 2500 cases of physical abuse or rape are reported each year.