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Elderly Abused at 1 in 3 Nursing Homes

According to ABC News, a congressional report released that reports of serious, physical, sexual and verbal abuse are “numerous” among the nation’s nursing homes.

The study, prepared by the minority (Democratic and Independent) staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, finds that 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States — 5,283 facilities — were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a recent two-year period, from January 1999 to January 2001.

The report documents that the common problems included untreated bedsores, inadequate medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. The report also documents some instances of residents being punched, slapped, choked or kicked by staff members or other residents and has caused injuries such as fractured bones or lacerations.

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