Monday, December 10, 2007

Nursing Home Abuse: Growing Old Without Dignity

Press release from: The Law Offices of James Sokolove

(openPR) - When families place an elderly loved one in a nursing home, they expect that he or she will experience quality care in a safe, nurturing environment. But reality paints a much different picture.

According to a recent report by the National Center on Elder Abuse, 20,673 complaints of abuse, gross neglect and exploitation on behalf of U.S. nursing home and board and care residents were investigated in 2003 alone.

Of these complaints, physical abuse was most commonly reported. “Sadly, these numbers only skim the surface,” says Attorney Jim Sokolove, founder and principal of the Law Offices of James Sokolove (LOJS). “For every reported case of abuse or neglect, an estimated five more go unreported.

Nursing home abuse is a growing and very serious problem, and it’s happening in facilities all across the country.”The term “elder abuse” describes any intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or other person that causes harm or risk to a vulnerable adult.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In my younger days, we were raised to respect our elders and hold them to the highest esteem. It would be unthinkable to treat our grandparents with any cruelty, be it a harsh word, or an unpleasant tone much less fleece them of their life long earnigs. I say we bring back and instill the moral values of society by imposing heavy penalties upon anyone abusing an elderly person.
Back in the day, we children would have been severely punished for even lying to an elderly person.
I am an elder now and I can not imagine such abuse against other elders, my children and their children not only love and respect my wife and I, but they go completely out of their way to make sure we are always ok.
God bless the MEEK, for they shall inheirant the Earth!