When it comes time to place an elderly parent or grandparent in a nursing home, it’s imperative that time and care is taken to ensure your vulnerable family member is somewhere safe and comfortable.
It’s awful to consider, but there have been some terrible reports of abuse and neglect in nursing homes. This was the case in California when Dolan Law Firm took on the allegation of neglect after a senior died at a nursing facility due to undiagnosed and untreated bed sores.
The case ended with a settlement just short of $915,000, a small price to pay for somebody’s life. It’s unfortunate that instances like this still happen in the modern world, which is why it’s so important to find the right nursing home for your elderly parents. Knowing what questions to ask is the first step to making sure they are safe and well cared for.
Establish What Type of Nursing Home They Need
There are varying degrees of nursing homes available to the elderly and the one that you end up choosing will depend on the type of care they require.
If debilitating illness is a part of your loved one’s life, then the nursing home you look for will probably be one that is residential so that medical professionals can check in on their health regularly. Residential homes also provide 24 hour care for the elderly, meaning there will always be someone there to check on them. This type of care is good if you and your family don’t have the time to visit regularly as there will always be someone there to make sure your elderly relative is taken care of.
Specialist Dementia Care Homes are a necessity if your family member is living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. These facilities offer the care that these people need. It is a very difficult disease to work with and the care staff will be trained specifically to deal with this.
Speak to Other Residents
The best way to find out the quality of the nursing home is to speak with the people that are already living there. Gauge their happiness when you speak to them and keep an eye out for any bruises or fear in their eyes. Many elderly people who are being abused are either too scared to speak up, embarassed of the situation, or are in a condition where they are just confused by the whole thing.
They may not directly say what sort of treatment they are getting at the nursing home, but it’s fairly easy to assess how happy they are and if it is a safe place to be.
Keep a Close Eye on Your Elderly Family Member
Once you feel satisfied with the care home you have chosen, it doesn’t mean it is the end of the story. Check in regularly with your parent or grandparent to make sure they are happy and healthy there. Make sure they know that it is ok to speak to you about anything that may concern them about the nursing home.
If you are starting to get worried about how they are treated, consult a legal professional to inquire about what it is you can do to not only find solid evidence, but action that can be taken against the nursing home or individual care takers.