What To Do When Your Loved Ones Nursing Home Doesn't Deliver

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

It is one of those considerations and decisions that we all wish we will never have to make: which nursing home is best suited for our parents or loved ones. We all wish we could have our loved ones with us all the time, especially during times when they need us the most.

The reality of life, however, is that this doesn’t always work out that way, and sometimes the level of care and attention they need and deserve is simply not within our scope to deliver adequately. It is within these moments that we rely on nursing homes to help make that decision as easy and as sensitively as possible.

Nursing homes are by design meant to be organizations that place quality of care, empathy, and honesty at the very core of their business practices and models, and mercifully, most do - but what do you do when things don’t go according to plan? When the nursing home that is meant to be taking the best possible care of your loved one falls short of the mark?

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A recent study has reported that as many as 24.3 % of nursing home residents have experienced at least one instance of physical abuse, while in a nursing home. This statistic is hardly a number to sniff at, and in and of itself can cause a huge amount of stress for children or partners of loved ones who have to be taken care of in a nursing home. This combined with an alarming increase in statistics of nursing home residents who report neglect, inferior nutrition, and lack of stimulating activity means that there could be a deeper and systemic problem in many of our nursing homes in America.

With the costs of nursing homes rising rapidly and exponentially, we can’t all afford the upscale nursing homes that the brochures promote, so what do you do if your loved one has shown signs of abuse or neglect?

The first thing that you have to do, is to remove them from the nursing home that they’re in. This can seem like a drastic move, but for the elderly, a sense of safety and security is paramount to their sense of well-being, dignity, and self-worth. Remember that but for their age or condition, they would have been able to defend themselves, so this event is going to present many unfortunate signs of trauma.

Then, it’s time to take the nursing home on, so you should seek help from someone at the Nursing Home Law Center LLC or another suitably qualified legal firm.

Time is absolutely of the essence and it’s important that you pay attention to what your loved one is saying. If you have sought feedback from the nursing home in question, make sure that this feedback is in writing and that is properly documented. Do not feel intimidated or afraid to take them on.

At this time, you may also want to start considering alternatives to nursing homes, and perhaps home-based care with an onsite nurse or carer may be something to look out for.

However you proceed from here on out, always remember that is the care and well-being of your loved one that must take center stage.

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