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Trends in Nursing Home Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) is reporting that as of 2014, which is the year for which data is most recently available, there are 15,600 nursing homes in the United States with a total of 1.7 million beds. These nursing homes care for an estimated 1.4 million residents.

In the state of Wisconsin, the 2014 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers indicates that 26 out of every 1,000 Wisconsin residents over the age of 65 live in a nursing home. This rate is not statistically much different from the national rate of 24 out of every 1,000 individuals. For Wisconsin residents over the age of 85, however, 101 out of every 1,000 individuals lives in a nursing home, which is quite a bit higher than the national rate of 87 out of 1,000. There are an estimated 27,600 individuals living in these nursing homes, 68% of whom are female. About 50% of these individuals suffer from Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, and over 90% of them, on average, need assistance with basic physical functioning, such as dressing and bathing.

Furthermore, Wisconsin had 400 nursing homes in 2014, with a total bed capacity of 34,100. The average capacity of each nursing home was 87. More nursing homes (nearly 59%) were located in metropolitan areas than not. Over 21,000 nurses, social workers, and aides are employed full-time at these facilities. However, the vast majority of nursing home employees are aides (67%), with 17% registered nurses and 14% licensed practical or vocational nurses.

As the nursing home industry continues to grow with America’s steadily aging population, the quality of care and staff members continues to become of greater concern. All too often, nursing home staff members do not properly care for their residents, which can lead directly to their injuries resulting from neglect or inappropriate handling. At Boller & Vaughan, we focus on protecting the rights of those who have suffered neglectful or abusive actions at the hands of nursing home facilities. We have the skills and knowledge to delve into the facts your case, consider all available options, and advocate on your behalf by bringing any legal claims that you may have against the nursing home in question, or its staff members. Call your Wisconsin nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at (608) 268-0268 and schedule your free consultation today.