Nursing Home Abuse Statistics

NC nursing home abuseAging Americans deserve to be treated with respect and care. As our loved ones get older, finding a lifestyle with healthcare that keeps their dignity in tact becomes critical. Unfortunately, nursing homes are addled by aid shortages and negligent family members attempt to provide care. Many instances lead to physical, sexual and financial abuse. In fact, nursing home abuse and the neglect of adults goes unreported most of the time. Only 16% of elder abuse cases are ever reported, according to the National Elder Abuse Incident Study.

Raleigh, NC nursing home abuse attorneys compiled statistics about elder abuse:

  • CNN reports that just over 90% of nursing home facilities are understaffed
  • 1 out of 3 nursing homes across the country have been cited for nursing home abuse and other related infractions
  • In one year, 5,000 death certificates of nursing home patients listed dehydration, malnutrition, starvation, or bed sores as the cause of death
  • 50% of nursing home patients suffer from untreated pain
  • 1/4 of the aides prosecuted for abusing patients have previous criminal records
  • 1 to 2 million Americans over 65 have been abused, neglected or mistreated by their primary caregiver
  • 1 in 10 people over 65 will spend some of their lives in a adult care facility or nursing home
  • 20% of reported elder abuse cases involve emotional abuse
  • 16% involve physical abuse
  • 12% involve caretaker neglect
  • 11% of nursing homes have been cited for unnecessary dispensing of prescription drugs
  • 3% involve sexual abuse


North Carolina Nursing Home Statistics

  • There are over 42,000 nursing home beds in North Carolina and an estimated 37,400 residents in North Carolina's certified nursing homes (2011, Kaiser Family Foundation)
  • 89,911 nursing home residents (this includes individuals in un-skilled care), 32.6% male (2009, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid)
  • 1/3 of North Carolinians aged 80+ are nursing home residents
  • 50% of the nursing homes in North Carolina are non-profit (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
  • Approximately 1/3 of the skilled nursing home care facilities have received more than 3 complaints annually (Skilled Nursing Facilities)