More than 100,000 nursing home care residents have died because of the pandemic. However, tens of thousands of residents died of neglect during the pandemic. These deaths by neglect are collateral damage. Advocates claim overburdened caregivers are unable to provide the care needed to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of the residents.
Data from the country’s 15,000 facilities show that for every two COVID-19 victims, there is another who died prematurely of neglect. Those “excess deaths” beyond the normal rate of fatalities in nursing homes could total more than 40,000.
Industry watchdogs are flooded with complaints of neglect from shot-staffing. For example, residents kept in soiled diapers so wounds develop; development of pressure injuries; preventable falls; and kidney failure from dehydration.