Elder abuse is a nationally recognized problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500,000 older adults are abused or neglected in the United States every year. Sadly, it’s likely that many more occurrences of elder abuse that go unreported aren’t reflected in this statistic.
The state of Texas has 1,376 nursing home facilities and 140,859 nursing home beds. In 2009, the mean number of citations that a Texas nursing home received was 5.4 and only 13.8 percent of nursing homes walked away with no citations.
Nationally, the numbers were actually worse. In 2008, the New York Times reported that ninety-four percent of U.S. nursing homes were cited for violating federal health and safety standards in 2007. Furthermore, statistics from 2009 set the mean number of citations per facility at 6.7.
Before entrusting your loved ones to any nursing home, it’s important to do your homework on the facility and make sure it’s in good standing with federal and state regulations. If you believe that your mom, dad or grandparent may have suffered abuse at the hands of a negligent or poorly-managed nursing home, contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson today and receive the justice your family deserves.