John Oliver Explains Why America’s Long-Term Care System Is Rampant with Abuse and Neglect
Before delving into the disturbing deficiencies plaguing America’s long-term care system, we want to warn you that the following video contains adult language that may not be suitable for some viewers.
As the over 77 million Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the demand for skilled nursing services is increasing year-over-year; however, our current system is focused more on profits than providing quality care to the over 40% of our population that is rapidly aging. In fact, nearly 70% of nursing homes are for-profit, which exacerbates the issue and leads to a general lack of oversight and accountability.
Elaborating on the reprehensible state of our nursing home care industry, John Oliver lays out a litany of statistics regarding the poor treatment being administered within long-term care facilities across the county. He even highlights some of the more shocking anecdotes, including a resident who was eaten by an alligator and another who was forced to call local police after crying for help for hours to no avail. While these are seemingly extreme cases, the prevalence of nursing home abuse, neglect, and injuries is staggering. For example, nearly 30 million elderly individuals experience fall-related injuries each year, resulting in over 7 million preventable critical injuries and fatalities.
Oliver argues that the ultimate solution may simply be for the government and general public to stop neglecting the aged and disabled by acknowledging that long-term care is an essential issue. To learn more about the current state of the long-term care industry and what you can do to improve the current system, we encourage you to watch the following video, as it provides a realistic account of the serious issues plaguing long-term care facilities throughout the United States.
Shifting the Focus from Profit to Accountability
In addition to exposing some harsh realities, Oliver offers beginning solutions to address these issues, including shifting the primary focus from government billing and profits to increased oversight and accountability. You can be a part of the solution to this growing epidemic by holding negligent nursing homes and care providers accountable. If you or a loved one received deficient long-term care, we urge you to reach out to our firm to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn about your legal options, as we may be able to help improve your current situation and decrease the chances of another individual suffering the same abuse and neglect.