Abuse is prevalent in every state with the residents of one in three homes falling victim. That is definitely not the sort of care people had in mind when moving their elderly to one of these institutes. There are almost 2 million Americans living in care facilities, out of which an estimated 30% suffered from some form of abuse/negligence or another.
Back in January 2013, a nursing home in Long Island New York clandestinely hired male strippers to “entertain” the elderly residents. Assuming that it would remain their little secret and taking full advantage of the residents who couldn’t speak for themselves, the staff was confident that the story would never get out.
And it would have stayed buried had it not been for Franklin Youngblood, who discovered a vulgar photograph in Bernice Youngblood, his 86-year-old mother’s belongings. In case you’re wondering why she didn’t mention anything earlier, the poor woman doesn’t even remember on account of partial dementia.
Many people are arguing in the Long Island nursing home’s defense, claiming that hiring the stripper lightened the mood and that the residents seemed to have a genuinely good time. An attorney for the nursing facility acknowledged there was in fact at least one stripper there that day, but also makes it clear that no one was coerced into doing anything, and that it wasn't the staff members' idea at all.
While that is a valid statement, one cannot discount that these people cannot exercise sound judgment and mostly suffer from brain impairing illnesses such as Alzheimer’s
Sadly, this is just one of the many instances that go unreported. What’s worse is that families almost never become aware of it.
A study put together by the staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee found that 5,283 facilities in the US were involved in almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a two-year period from January 1999 to January 2001.
Here are a bunch of horrific incidents that the report documented. Some are particularly disturbing. The names of the institutes have not been mentioned.
· An employee walked into an inhabitants room, declaring “I'm tired of your ass," and hit her in the face, breaking her nose.
· The report notes occasions of residents being physically abused by staff members. From being punched, slapped, choked to kicked, leading to injuries such as fractured bones or lacerations.
· Staff attendants once bribed a brain-damaged patient with cigarettes to hit another resident, and then witnessed the two fight.
There was a case in which a male attendant molested an elderly female resident while bathing her.