Here are a few articles outlining the history of nursing homes in America, reflecting our culture and evolution on the subject of elder care and how we see how we take care of our older relatives. I won’t include the thousands and thousands of stories of nursing home and elder care abuse stories out there, mainly because they are so numerous and easily found. But I would like to focus this post on the history of nursing homes, the outlook for the nursing home industry, and the legal recourse for abuse victims.
George State University Law Review – From Almshouses to Nursing Homes and Community Care: Lessons from Medicaid’s History
National Center for Health Statistics: Nursing Home Care
National Center for Biotechnology Information: The Changing Structure of the Nursing Home Industry and the Impact of Ownership on Quality, Cost, and Access (published c.1986)
Franchise-Help.com: Senior Care Industry 2016 At a Glance
Bankrate.com: Americans racked by retirement fears
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Improving Patient Safety in Nursing Homes:
A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture
Elder Law Answers: What Nursing Home Staff Levels Are Required?
New York Times: The Right to Sue Restored
United States Senate Special Committee on Aging: Senate Unanimously Approves Collins, Blumenthal Resolution Recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day