As you're touring nursing homes with an elderly loved one, trying to pick the right home, you may start feeling like they all seem the same. They all put on a good front and make you think your loved one will be safe, healthy and happy. What are the statistical odds that abuse will occur?
New federal nursing home laws that have recently been passed have been touted as the "most wide-ranging revision of federal rules" that has happened in the last two and a half decades. At their heart is the idea of person-centered care, that focuses on residents and gives them more control.
Elder abuse is a very real problem across Florida and the United States as the National Council on Aging reports that it affects about one in 10 Americans over 60 years of age. It is a problem that may also continue to grow in the coming years now that a severe, statewide nursing shortage has many medical providers scrambling to employ capable, qualified nurses. The problem is also compounded by the fact that more Americans now have access to insurance than in years past, resulting in more visits to medical providers and higher patient loads for existing nurses.
Nursing homes are supposed to provide a safe, secure place for residents to live when they need assistance. As you may expect, these residents are dependent on the staff and therefore very vulnerable. Not only do they have physical ailments, but mental issues -- like memory problems -- can make it hard for them to even realize what's happening around them.
Alzheimer's Disease can be very tough for family members to deal with. While they may take care of a loved one in the early stages, there may come a time when they need to put him or her in a nursing home. Naturally, they expect top-level care around the clock. What they may get, though, is neglect that turns the whole thing into a nightmare.