The Family Caregiver Alliance, a National Center on Caregiving, reports that over 1.383 million Americans receive long-term care in a nursing home facility. Another 1.2 million reside in hospice care while over 700,000 live in residential care communities. It is expected that this figure will increase dramatically in the coming years as more and more baby boomers hit the age at which they may require long-term care. Nursing homes are intended to provide a caring place that can meet the needs of residents who can no longer safely live at home on their own. The decision to place a family member in a nursing home is never an easy one, but most people feel they are making the right choice when they select a reputable facility that provides quality care for their loved ones. However, instances of nursing home abuse and neglect are shockingly common.