Connecticut residents may not find it surprising to learn that the well-established medical and public health infrastructure in the United States has drastically increased life expectancy. According to the CDC, in 2012 there were over 43 million persons aged 65 and older in the country. This demographic of older persons is expected to rapidly grow mainly due to the baby-boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, turning 65.
It is estimated that nearly 40 percent of people who are over the age of 65 will at some point in their lives spend some time in a nursing home. Keeping that estimate in mind, our readers will find it alarming to learn that according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which primarily focused on skilled nursing care, found that nearly 22 percent of the patients at such facilities suffered some kind of long-lasting harm while another 11 percent suffered some kind of temporary harm. Additionally, the study found that nearly 1.5 percent of the patients lost their lives in such facilities due to substandard care.