We know that nursing home abuse happens. In one study, 20 percent of the residents ended up getting abused by other residents, and that doesn't even take into account abuse coming from the staff. Why, then, has it been so hard to track this activity and gather accurate data?
Picking out the right nursing home for your loved one is very important. You need to find a home that fits his or her needs, budget and also has the least possible risk of neglect or abuse. Below are a few questions you need to ask.
When someone moves into a nursing home, it is usually after a lot of careful consideration by the resident and their family. They go in believing that a nursing home is the best place to care for that person given their current circumstances.
Medication errors happen. No one is perfect, and this includes the staff at a nursing home. Typically, though, experts note that the error rate should be below 5 percent, and the staff should work hard to keep it as low as possible. After all, the residents expect a certain level of care and have a right to a healthy living situation. The staff could be liable when negligence violates this right.
In nursing homes, the elderly are an incredibly vulnerable group. They are often completely dependent on their caregivers. This can lead to abuse or neglect very easily.
For those familiar with the expression, “You get what you pay for,” a recent report may be cause for concern. According to the data, the median wage for nursing home workers is far below the national average.