Make Sure You Do Your Research
We all have older loved ones that we deeply care about. At some point, there may come a time when you must make the difficult decision to admit your loved one into a nursing home. If you make this decision, you are likely operating under the assumption that the home will give your loved one the care and attention that you would provide them if they were not in the nursing home. Unfortunately, what many people fail to realize is that nursing homes can fail to properly care for your loved ones and cause them harm.
I am interested in the livelihood of our elderly. I have deep respect, care, and compassion for older individuals because it is often their past hard work and efforts that have gotten us where we are today. Without them, who knows where we would be? To further my understanding of the treatment of the elderly in assisted living facilities, I decided to research general conditions of nursing homes. When I began my research, I was astounded by the frequency of nursing home negligence (the National Center on Elder Abuse states that one out of every 20 nursing home patients is the victim of nursing home negligence), so I decided to tailor my research to this specific issue.
During my studies, I came across a thorough article by Russo, Russo, and Slania P.C. The article emphasized a few key points about nursing home negligence. This type of negligence is particularly devastating because of the already-fragile nature of the elderly. Furthermore, the neglect is often difficult to detect, because the elderly may have trouble reporting injuries. It is indeed a complicated and tough issue to come to grips with, but making sure you admit your loved one into a safe environment is crucial for their health and your conscious.
The article also bulleted several different forms of nursing home negligence. The list included: malnutrition, bedsores, physical and psychological abuse, theft, and improper medical treatment. It is terrible to imagine my elderly loved ones experiencing any of the above types of harm. We care deeply about our loved ones, and they should be treated with the care and respect they have earned.
While we cannot directly care for our loved ones that are admitted into nursing homes, we can do what we can to make sure our loved ones are being cared for by well staffed and maintained facilities. There are several online tools and resources you can use to run a quick check on a potential nursing home. You can talk to your friends and other members of the community about their loved ones’ experiences in a particular nursing home. You can contact the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to see if they have any information to provide regarding the nursing home. The point is that you should do some research before your loved one goes to a nursing home. Otherwise, they may be the unfortunate victim of nursing home abuse.