Assisted living facilities provide long-term senior care assistance. They may be set up like apartments where individuals live in their own homes with call buttons for assistance from nurses, or they may have individual rooms in a larger assisted living facility.
Assisted living is not inexpensive, and those who require it may rely on the help of the staff to live comfortably. If the staff is not responding to calls for help or signs that something is not right with a resident, then there is a potential that a resident could get hurt or even pass away due to neglect or errors.
In the United States, there are 31,100 assisted living communities, according to the National Center for Assisted Living. With around 735,000 residents who stay in assisted living for an average of 36 months, it’s clear that there is a need for many medical professionals and other staff members who can provide aid and care to these individuals. These employees need to take their jobs seriously and provide appropriate care to those they’re overseeing.
The services you can expect in assisted living typically include social programs, transportation, basic housekeeping, laundry, daily meals, 24-hour supervision and security along with health and exercise programs. Every assisted living program is slightly different. However, if your loved one is not receiving the care that they and you were promised, then you have a right to look into your legal options. Our site has more information on what you can do if you think your loved one is being neglected or harmed in an assisted living facility.