A new report by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds that some sort of violation occurs at up to 94 percent of all nursing homes in the United States.
The types of violations are dealing with areas of federal health and safety standards and include things such as medication mix ups, patients with bedsores, patient neglect and abuse of patients.
This news is very bad for sons and daughters who are thinking about putting their own elderly parents in nursing homes, due to the fact that caring for them is becoming harder to do as they age.
A year ago, the DHHS received 37,150 complaints dealing with nursing home violations, and were able to validate up to 39% of them.
The federal government is trying to improve the quality of care at nursing homes, and plans on implementing a rating system so that people are aware of the nursing homes that can be trusted and the ones to stay away from.