10 Alarming Nursing Home Abuse Statistics


  • Between 1 and 2 million US nursing home residents, age 65 or older, have experienced injury, exploitation, negligence, or other mistreatment in a long-term care facility.
  • An estimate, citing variance attributed to underreporting of incidents, indicates that between 2% and 10% of nursing home residents experience some form of abuse.
  • One in three of all nursing homes in the US have been cited for serious or potentially life-threatening problems with its care.
  • 5% of nursing home aides (staffers) in the US have criminal records which should disqualify them from employment in a long-term care facility.
  • Only one in five instances of all abuse or neglect gets reported, while only one in 14 incidents actually gets brought to the attention of proper authorities (state regulatory agencies, police).
  • 1.6 million people currently live in US nursing homes. That number is expected to reach over 5 million in the next 3 decades, driving relevant abuse rates up 300% if nothing is changed.
  • Neglect constitutes nearly 60% of all cases of nursing home abuse. The leading cause of neglect is insufficient staffing levels.
  • Approximately 91% of nursing homes lack adequate staffing to properly care for all patients consistent with Department of Health recommended standards.
  • 4.55 Hours – the recommended minimum hours of direct, individual care recommended per nursing home resident per day.
  • 3.7 Hours – the actual average hours of direct, individual care for each nursing home resident, per day. Note: nearly 50% of all nursing home residents suffer daily with some form of untreated pain.


Silver Ribbon Project – http://www.silverribbonproject.com/statistics-about-nursing-home-abuse/
American Association for Justice – http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/3005.htm

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