As loved ones age and become difficult to care for, many are faced with the decision of whether or not to place them in assisted living facilities or in a nursing home. As impossible as this decision can be, there are also other very important considerations. For example, the average cost to have a person in a nursing home is somewhere around $50,000 and that amount continues to grow. With that extensive amount of money spent on constant assistance for a family member you would hope that they are cared for in the best possible way. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. While there are many phenomenal nursing care facilities in this country, there are also many that you should be weary of.
Sadly, it’s a growing trend within the nursing home industry to take advantage of the elderly. Recently, reports have surfaced that eleven states have received a failing grade for nursing home care, while these facilities still charge top dollar. These companies swallow up the money spent on care and often times fail to do adequate checks on their staff to ensure that the patients are being treated with respect and given the attention that they need. In some cases the staff even physically abuse these elderly patients because they know that they are voiceless and dependent upon them. There are even reported cases where a nursing home is the undetected cause of a patient’s death.
Steps to protect your family
So you are faced with the decision to place your parent, grandparent or other elderly family member in a nursing home, but you are fearful of the situations presented above. Or maybe they are already in a nursing home and you are concerned that they are being mistreated. What is there for you to do? First and foremost it’s important to ask questions. The more involved you are with the care of your loved one the less likely that something will slip by you. Next, it is important to visit your family member and examine them for bed sores, bruising or a substantial change in their personality that you do not attribute to a health issue. It can be very difficult to find the time to visit, but it can aid your family member and give you piece of mind. Finally, I would recommend not coming to visit on the same day. Keep your visits unpredictable and frequent to ensure that no one is putting on a show just for you and they are actually giving your family member the best care possible.
We can help
If you are concerned that a nursing home is mistreating your loved one, we can help you. Our team of experienced attorneys and staff are familiar with these situations and want to put a stop to the poor treatment of our nation’s elderly. Your decision to help protect your family member might result in the better treatment of another voiceless patient who doesn’t have a caring family. If you would like to speak with an attorney regarding the care of your family member, please call us at (727) 451-6900.
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