Elderly Abused at 1 in 3 Nursing Homes

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http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92689

“Reports of serious, physical, sexual and verbal abuse are “numerous” among the nation’s nursing homes, according to a congressional report released today”.

“To enforce the standards, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracts with the states to conduct annual inspections of nursing homes. The states also are required to investigate individual abuse complaints. The report’s statistics were derived from these state inspections”.

Is once a year adequate? Are these inspections actually thorough? More needs to be done to stop this terrible tragedy.

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