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.
Many Connecticut residents likely know a family member or a friend who is aging and who will likely need some intervention to ensure safety and proper care as the person ages. In fact, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 10,000 individuals turn 65 every day, a phenomenon that is going to continue at least for another two decades.