There is not much in life that is more appalling than elder abuse or neglect -- especially when it is intentional. Nursing home and assisted living facilities, like many other industries, are common places for elder abuse to occur. They have become a business. While there are many good and upstanding nursing home facilities in our state and across the country, like any other business, there are also people who have jumped on board for the financial enticement. Many elder individuals qualify for nursing home or rehabilitation at nursing home facilities through their insurance or through Medicare and Medicaid payments from the government, making the nursing home business a lucrative investment.
Facilities that are financially motivated are often understaffed. Fewer employees means less overhead and a larger profit for the "business." When a facility is understaffed, patients or residents are often neglected. Disabled patients or those in wheelchairs may not be able to get to the restroom as often as needed and end up laying or sitting in soiled clothing. Those who cannot get in and out of bed by themselves may acquire bedsores, which can result in serious infections. Malnutrition, dehydration, lack of attention, isolation, incorrect administering of medications and other types of neglect are common.