Nursing home abuse is a problem that is sometimes hidden. It can be hard to quantify how often it happens because it isn’t always reported. People may fear facing repercussions if they report the abuse, and others may not have the capability to report abuse.
Elderly people deserve respect and care. Nursing homes should be able to provide that care without question. Since you’re placing a loved one in care, you’ll want to make sure that the home you choose can provide the standard of care that you expect.
What can you do to choose the right facility?
Choosing the right facility starts with visiting it. First impressions matter. If you walk in and smell urine, hear crying or have other concerns, then it’s time to walk away. There are many facilities available, and you shouldn’t settle without good reason.
You may want to talk to some current residents as well as staff members. Ask how long they’ve lived or worked at the facility and how they like it. This first-hand knowledge from those who spend the most time there will be helpful to you when you make a decision on where to place your loved one.
Finally, make sure you try the food. Nutrition is an important element of your loved one’s health. With poor nutrition, the elderly may struggle, have more side effects from medication from having empty stomachs and could deteriorate faster than if they were eating correctly.
Overall, the choice to put your loved one in a nursing home is done out of love. With persistence and patience, you can find the right facility.