Nursing Home Abuse
In the 1999 science-fiction film The Matrix, the main character, Neo, is given a choice. Will he take the blue pill, allowing him to return to his normal life, or the red pill, which will reveal to him the truth about the world that he’s living in?
If only there were pills that worked like that in real life. For dementia patients, something like the blue pill would be wonderful. Read the rest »
There are probably lots of things to complain about at a nursing home. The food is bland, the staff is overworked, and other residents sometimes make too much noise. Though annoying, these things are not dangerous in themselves. But they can be. When they are, residents and their families are encouraged to make a complaint to their state survey agency. Read the rest »
A recent report from the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services showed some disturbing statistics regarding the reporting of suspected abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Read the rest »
In an effort to crack down on elder abuse, attorneys general from all over the U.S. are coming together. This is a fairly unprecedented move. But elder abuse has become a truly non-partisan issue. No matter which way people may lean politically, everyone throughout the United States can agree that elder abuse is a gross violation of the trust we place in caretakers. Read the rest »
Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the abuse of their caregivers, whether that abuse is physical, emotional, psychological, or financial. While physical abuse presents itself in visual ways, other forms of abuse can exist under the surface where they are harder to identify. Read the rest »
A recent article in The New York Times brought up serious concerns about the quality of care in nursing homes—especially in the State of California.
One particular facility in Bakersfield received dishonorable mention: even after the State had declared it “improved,” staff allowed a paralyzed patient to slip from her wheelchair, not once, but THREE separate times. The patient fractured her hip on the third fall. This nursing home was removed from probation in 2014, and since then has racked up $126,300 in fines for various violations. Apparently, the company and nursing home staff did not get the message the first time.
Good care is crucial for all patients—especially the vulnerable. Read the rest »
In California, PACE is an option worth considering and comparing to a nursing home. The Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, provides care similar to what might be received in a nursing home, but allows your loved one to remain in his or her home while receiving help. Read the rest »
While many assisted living and nursing homes throughout California offer excellent care and support for elderly residents, there are some facilities that fail to take care of their residents.
By June 2017, the California Department of Social Services had put 48 assisted-living facilities on probation and shut down 46 more. The licenses of these centers were revoked for horrifying incidents: in one case, a 92-year-old was discovered beaten to death in her room.
It’s difficult to choose a facility for your loved one with news like this. In the end, it is best to trust your instincts, and if you feel that something is wrong, contact local law enforcement and an experienced elder abuse attorney. Read the rest »
If you are unable to provide ‘round-the-clock care for an adult who requires it, you may want to consider adult day care. Adult day care centers are facilities where older people or people with severe handicaps can go when their family members are working or otherwise unable to provide care for them. An adult who requires medical attention during the day or is in danger of hurting himself if left unattended is a good candidate for adult day care. Another important aspect of adult day care is that it keeps elderly people engaged. Many such facilities have activities like crafts and other socializing events that are vital for maintaining a senior’s mental and emotional health.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when we have to make difficult decisions regarding the day-to-day care of parents and other senior relatives. While most of us would prefer to care for our older loved ones ourselves, many of us don’t have the time or facilities to do so. If you’re looking for a nursing home for someone you care about, you’ll want to make sure that the facility you choose provides the kind of care you personally would.