Many people in the U.S. live well into their 70s, 80s or even 90s. However, as a person ages their health may deteriorate. When this happens, they may need to reside in a nursing home where they can receive the around-the-clock care they need. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide adequate care, which could lead to resident harm.
It is not always easy to make the decision to put an elderly loved one in a nursing home. Families in Connecticut will often visit many nursing homes to inspect their conditions, policies and caretakers before choosing the facility that they believe will best meet their loved one's needs. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse can still take place, putting the physical and mental health of the resident at stake.
Aging and elderly people, as well as some others, oftentimes live in assisted living or nursing home facilities to receive the care they need in a safe environment. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse can take place in those settings and it is essential for victims and families to understand their legal protections.
We all want what is best for our parents and to try to give them the love and attention that could even begin to match the care they gave us when we were young. For some people, this may mean putting elderly loved ones in a nursing home, hoping and assuming that they will take better care of our parents than we are able to do at home. Unfortunately, nursing homes often fail to provide a reasonable standard of care an families suffer tremendously as a result.
Moving from one's own home into a residential nursing home or care facility can be a difficult step for a Bridgeport resident and their family. As previously discussed on this legal blog, there are a number of things that families should look for when such a move becomes a necessity. However, once they have settled their loved one into their new home, that individual has important rights to be treated fairly and with respect.
Nursing home abuse is important to understand because it is so serious. If you or your family has been impacted by nursing home abuse or neglect, you may wonder what exactly is considered nursing home neglect and what you can do about it. There are an estimated 3.2 Americans in approximately 17,000 nursing homes throughout the country so nursing home abuse and neglect can impact many patients.
People who have been injured or neglected in a nursing home in Connecticut -- or their family members -- may feel like victims who don't have any options. Some may even think that the abuse or neglect in question is just part of the care that a person receives at a nursing home or assisted-living facility. But, these individuals and families need to think differently. Their situations matter, and their potential legal case against the nursing home matters.
If your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, you may wonder what resources area available to you to help. When a loved one is entrusted to the care of a nursing home, there is a reasonable expectation that the loved one will be properly cared for and will not suffer harm. When that is not the case, it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with legal protections to help guard against nursing home abuse.
With all of the reports about nursing home abuse and neglect that our readers see, it can be intimidating when the time comes for them to actually make a choice for a loved one to stay at a nursing home or assisted living facility. But, in general, most of these facilities are doing their jobs the right way. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't certain things to look for when choosing an assisted living facility or nursing home. So, how should you go about making this choice with a loved one?
Previous posts here have warned about the potential danger that is present for elderly Connecticut residents who live in nursing homes. While the vast majority of nursing homes and their staff members are attentive and careful to provide for residents' needs, the unfortunate reality is that there will always be some that cross the line. According to a recent report, that is exactly what the authorities in Connecticut discovered in six nursing homes that were fined for injuries and endangerment to residents.