A recent article on the growing numbers of US seniors highlights a major problem with the US nursing home and senior care industry: nursing home staff members are woefully underpaid despite providing essential life assistance for nursing home residents. Doctors who specialize in geriatric medicine are paid less than their general practice counterparts and far less than other specialties in medicine. The failure of the US nursing home industry to pay staff well is often one of the major underlying causes of nursing home abuse and neglect because homes are not able to attract and retain nursing staff without offering competitive salaries. Additionally, nursing homes may face increased claims of nursing home abuse and neglect, as well as medical malpractice, if geriatric medicine continues to lose talented professionals to other specialties.
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