California Nursing Home Abuse – Shifting Population Heightens Risk

California Nursing Home Abuse

Most of us formulate a certain vision when we think of nursing homes.  We usually envision a facility populated by older people.  It is accurate that the majority of people in nursing homes in California are older.  However, there is a growing population of younger residents who are living in these facilities for different reasons.  An article from the spring in the Sacramento Bee explores this issue in great detail.  Unfortunately, the article does not paint a rosy picture.  Instead, it’s possible that the risk of California nursing home abuse is on the rise partially because of this population shift.  Anyone who is concerned about the treatment of a loved one in such a facility needs to seek the help of a California nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible.

About the Report

Those interested in reading this thorough report can find a link here.  The report describes several different individual situations in which neglect and abuse inflicted harm on several people.  In addition, between 1994 and 2014, the population of people under 65 years old in nursing homes skyrocketed.  Specifically, it grew by 40 percent.  Conversely, the population of people in these facilities over the age of 65 shrank by 11 percent.

The article goes on to state that the majority of people who live in these facilities who are under the age of 65 tend to be mentally ill, suffer from some form of addiction or are parolees.  In addition, the report detailed the following growth in the nursing home resident population between 2011 and 2015 in the form of percentages:

  • Anxiety-related disorders:  18.2 percent to 22.2 percent
  • Schizophrenia:  9 percent to 10.9 percent
  • Bipolar disorder:  3.9 percent to 4.6 percent

The percentage of people with depression actually dropped by a factor of 2.2 percent between 2011 and 2015.  Overall, more and more people with mental health challenges are moving into assisted living centers.  In and of itself this should not necessarily be an issue.  However, problems tend to arise when people with mental health issues or other problems are living with older residents who are there because of their advanced age and frail health.

How a California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Can Help

If you are facing the prospect of moving into a nursing home, you need to do some due diligence on that facility before committing to it.  You should do the same if you are looking for a facility for a loved one.  Doing so could make the difference between living safely and comfortably and living in danger and fear.  If you suspect that a loved one is being mistreated in a nursing home or assisted living center setting, you need to take action as soon as possible.  Keep fighting if you do not get the results you need from the management team at the facility.  You may want to consider filing a report with the state.  Doing so could lead to an investigation.  If you need help deciding how you should proceed, you should contact a California nursing home abuse lawyer at Gomez Trial Attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.

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