Nursing home abuse occurs more often than children or friends of older individuals may know. One of the reasons this type of abuse or neglect can happen is because of understaffing within a care facility.
More than 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported each year -- a number that is suspected to be vastly underrepresented. If you suspect that a parent or elderly loved one may be subjected to abuse or neglect from nursing home caregivers, it's important to take action.
Approximately 47 million seniors live in the United States, a population that is predicted to double within the next 40 years. As this number rises, more and more adults will begin to enter elder care facilities, such as senior living communities and nursing homes.
Videos in nursing homes are revealing an unfortunate reality for many elderly residents across the nation. In a recent story by CNN, a Florida nursing home surveillance camera shows a violent altercation made by one resident to another over a cupcake. A male resident age 52 is caught on camera striking an 86-year-old man suffering from dementia with over 50 punches as he lay on the ground. Allegedly, the older man ate the younger man's cupcake and video shows over two minutes of a violent reaction ensuing.