Study Shows that More Mentally Ill are Admitted to Nursing Homes than Those with Dementia

A recent nursing home population analysis found that the number of first-time nursing home residents admitted with mental illness has far surpassed the number of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The number of nursing home residents admitted with a mental illness rose from 168,721 to 187,478. That is more than 50% more than those admitted dementia only, which considers many mental illnesses. Unfortunately, many patients fall victims to elderly abuse at the hands of other mentally ill patients. This type of nursing home abuse occurs throughout the country, including here in Chicago, Illinois. To read more about the nursing home study, please click the link.

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