Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes
It is obvious that the weak and dependent in the society are always more vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse. With the increase in health care facilities, improved lifestyle, and the developments of stronger and more effective treatment methods, the life expectancy of individuals in most developed countries has significantly increased. Unfortunately, this increase in life expectancy has also resulted in more cases of elderly abuse in nursing homes (Dong, 2017). Generally, physical and emotional abuse are the common form of abuse meted among older adults, with the latter being the most common. Abuse of the elderly can be from volunteers, caregivers, or any other individuals working at these elderly facilities. My purpose of this paper is to summarize current research on licensing and certification of nursing homes in Louisiana.
The hypothesis of this research is founded on the ideology that regulated systems are less prone to misuse and abuse. In this regard, the research is based on the following hypothesis.
H0: The use of licensed and accredited centers for elderly care leads to a reduction in cases of elderly abuse.
HA: The use of unlicensed and unaccredited centers in elderly care leads to an increase in the cases of elderly abuse.
Test of Hypothesis
Quantities and qualitative research methods were used to test the level of elderly abuse in Louisiana. The rate of elderly abuse in the US is increasing tremendously. Currently, there is a daily increase of 10,000 people who are 65 years or more (Beamish, 2015). The PEW Charitable Trust, 2017opines that 1 person in every 10 who are over 60 years is abused. Interestingly, this figure is exclusive of financial abuse, which is estimated to be about $2.7 billion annually.
According to quantitative research from Nursing Home Abuse Guide.org. (2017), Louisiana is ranked the second worst in terms of elderly abuse in the USA. There are only 8% of professional who are registered nurses or higher, working in nursing homes. Elderly individuals in nursing homes receive only 32 minutes of nursing care per day. In addition, only 86% percent of Louisiana homes have all essential provisions. The lack of adequate provisions results in negligence which culminates in injuries and at times avoidable deaths of the elderly. Malnutrition is another severe problem in Louisiana. In fact, nearly 85% of all nursing homes in Louisiana have cases of malnutrition. This score indicates that there are extreme levels of elderly abuse in Louisiana, and unfortunately, the problem is worsening due to the increasing life expectancy in the USA.
To sum up, Louisiana nursing homes have a high level of elderly abuse. A general analysis of the cause of this problem is the lack of adequate staffing and essential facilities. Obviously, an accredited facility must be well staffed and have adequate facilities. Therefore, the use of accredited nursing homes will minimize the level of elderly abuse in Louisiana. Accordingly, it will reduce the amount of injuries and deaths associated with this form of abuse. Besides regulating nursing homes, the state should train its finance officers such as bank tellers in order to avoid cases of financial abuse. Generally, financial abuse accounts for about $2.7 billion. Therefore, the training of financial officers will enable them to detect and identify cases of financial coercion or abuse on elderly individuals.
Beamish, R. (2015). Elder abuse a ‘Huge, expensive and lethal’ problem for states. Retrieved from: http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/5/26/elder-abuse-a-huge-expensive-and-lethal-problem-for-states
Dong, X. Q. (2017). Elder abuse: Research, practice and policy. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Science and Business Media: Springer.
Nursing Home Abuse Guide.org. (2017). Nursing home abuse in Louisiana. Retrieved from: http://www.nursinghomeabuseguide.org/states/louisiana/