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How often is nursing home abuse or neglect reported?

For many individuals in Kentucky and elsewhere, they are tasked with making decisions for an aging loved one. Whether this is all spelled out in a health care plan or it is decided when the time comes, putting an elderly family member in a nursing home is anything but easy. However, taking this step is often necessary. Often times, these facilities are equipped with everything one needs and the care required. However, this unfortunately isn't always the case. Something negligence and abuse can occur at a nursing home.

How often is nursing home abuse or neglect reported? Based on current statistics, more than 1 in 4 neglect and abuse cases at a nursing home facility are not reported to law enforcement. Additionally, the CMS fails to both identify and report these incidents. The Office of Inspector General issued a preliminary report that identified 134 instances where there was potential abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries located at nursing home facilities in 33 states.

This report was a signal for the CMS to take steps to amend their procedures as a means to immediately address these concerns. Essentially, the OIG believes that CMS lacks the procedures necessary to identify instances of nursing home abuse and neglect. This is not the first time that an OIG report had concerns regarding the CMS facility oversight. Back in 2014, a report issued that roughly 22 percent of residents at skilled-nursing home facilities experienced preventable injuries. This emphasizes the need for more training and an increase in resources surrounding investigations of neglect and abuse suspicions at long-term care facilities.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious matter. When it goes undetected, residents could continue to suffer. Thus, it is important that residents and their loved ones take the time to understand that they have the right to report these events. Additionally, a civil action could be filed as a means to seek compensation for damages and losses.

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