Posted on April 24, 2019 at 10:20 PM
A six-month investigation by Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.
“Even in supervised settings, records show, older people find ways to end their own lives. Many used guns, sometimes in places where firearms weren’t allowed or should have been securely stored. Others hanged themselves, jumped from windows, overdosed on pills or suffocated themselves with plastic bags.”
While some is deliberate by residents with capacity, many of the suicides are by residents with impaired judgment. Many of these are preventable with better services and supervision by the facilities.