Nursing homes have long been a source of abuse for nursing home residents, often in an attempt to coerce or control the care of their loved ones.
As more and more nursing homes across the country have been built in the wake of the recent coronavirus pandemic, a new generation of nursing homes is taking advantage of this trend.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of nursing home resident deaths increased by nearly 6,000 in 2015, while the number who were hospitalized for nursing-home related injuries increased by more than 9,500.
A staggering number of these incidents took place in California, Texas and New York, with the most recent figures showing a jump of nearly 5,000 incidents in just three months.
But what if you’re not a nursing home patient yourself, or you’ve never been a victim of neglect?
How can you help protect yourself?
While some of these issues can be avoided by taking the following steps, you should also know that not everyone will be so lucky.
If you’re a nursing-care home resident and you’ve ever witnessed a nursing facility being abused, you may want to speak up.
You can report abuse by calling the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Hotline at 1-888-CALL-FBI (1-888)-2224.
You may also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
If you believe your loved one has been mistreated, call 911.
You can also get help from your local social service agency.
The following agencies can help:The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has the resources to help you protect yourself.
The bureau can help with information on ways to protect yourself, including how to keep yourself safe while working at a nursinghome, how to report abuse, and how to obtain help.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has a nationwide network of crisis centers where you can seek help from trained, trained advocates who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you or someone you know is experiencing neglect or abuse, call the NCMEC Crisis Line at 1 (800) 723-8255 to make an appointment.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) has several online resources, including a resource guide for nursing homes and other institutions.
CAP also offers training, referrals, and support to the general public.
CAP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank with over 1,500 members who provide analysis and policy recommendations on issues affecting the U.S. workforce.