Hispanic Elderly More Likely to Live in Inferior Nursing Homes

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jan 12, 2010 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

A Brown University study has found Hispanic senior citizens are more likely than whites to live in nursing homes of poor quality.

The study is the first full-scale analysis of its kind to explore Hispanics in nursing homes.

Researchers were shocked by the disparities in nursing home care that are primarily white, compared to nursing homes that are a mix of whites and Hispanic residents. Hispanics are more likely to reside in homes that have structural problems, staffing issues and financial trouble while whites are more likely to have long-term care insurance and able to afford better homes.

Hispanics traditionally have used long-term care services less frequently than any other U.S. ethnic group.  In the past, elder care was handled by adult daughters, but financial issues have forced Hispanic women to work outside the home.

Experts estimate that more than 5% of the current Hispanic population is elderly and is expected to quadruple in the next 10 years.

Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. is a Wisconsin law firm with a devoted nursing home abuse practice. Our Nursing Home Abuse Team, consisting of attorneys, nurse attorneys and paralegals, is the largest in the state and has successfully represented abused and neglected nursing home residents throughout Wisconsin.

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