Kind acts towards the elderly often emerge in the media—stories which restore our faith in mankind. However, behind closed doors, ugly realities exist; our most vulnerable citizens experience abuse and neglect.
Across the country, there are 15,700 nursing homes with beds serving over 1 million residents. Yet while nursing homes continue to be profit driven businesses, they often lack proper care—patients experience bed sores, severe bruising, broken bones, and unusual behavioral changes.
According to estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone they depended on for care or protection. Recent news reports state that the Illinois Department of Public Health receives “roughly 19,000 calls a year alleging neglect or abuse in nursing homes.”