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Study shows for-profit nursing homes are fraught with neglect

To most people looking for a good nursing home, the ones that operate for profit seem like the cream of the crop. Because these facilities bring profits to administrators and other personnel, they should provide only the finest care and service. At least, that is what the majority of people think. A recent study that looked at Illinois nursing homes contradicts this common belief.

The study centered on five Chicago hospitals that provide treatment to nursing home residents. It showed that those residing in for-profit facilities were almost twice as likely to suffer injuries or health problems as residents living in nonprofit homes were. Some preventable problems caused by nursing home neglect include the following.

  • Stage 3 and 4 bed sore wounds
  • Problems caused by broken feeding tubes and catheters
  • Severe dehydration in residents that need feeding tubes
  • Improper medication management for residents with chronic conditions

The study indicates that for-profit facilities may have more incidents of nursing home neglect because the staff members that provide hands-on care are not paid very well. In fact, many workers in nonprofit facilities may actually receive better pay than those employed in for-profit homes. Further, many of the facilities operating at a profit are often understaffed, which can lead to overworked staff, poor care and resident neglect.

Most elderly Americans have contributed much to the nation's prosperity and growth. As such, they deserve quality care when they are no longer able to take care of themselves. If you discover that an elderly family member is suffering from nursing home neglect or abuse, it is important to take immediate legal action. This can give you peace of mind and help protect others from suffering a similar fate.

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