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.
When Connecticut residents help their elderly relatives pick a nursing home to live in, they do so with an eye on who works in those facilities - and whether or not they can be trusted. After all, as previous posts here have noted, there are too many stories about ghastly incidents occurring in nursing homes to make such an important decision haphazardly.
When Connecticut residents hear the term elder abuse, they likely envision physical abuse against an elderly person. But, elder abuse can come in many other forms as well, particularly when an elderly person is a resident of a nursing home.
There are many different types of medications that Americans use today. Some address physical health conditions, while others address mental health conditions. But, what happens if prescription medications are used in ways that weren't intended? According to a recent report, nursing homes throughout the country are using anti-psychotics to sedate residents, and they are doing it with disturbing frequency.
Many Connecticut residents have elderly relatives who live in nursing homes. For the most part, these facilities provide excellent care for elderly individuals who simply cannot complete some day-to-day tasks because of their advanced age. For some, it is because they have physical limitations. For others, mental issues may cloud their ability to function.
No one wants to think that their loved ones might be abused or neglected in a nursing home in Connecticut. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that these instances of negligence and recklessness do occur with disturbing frequency. Just imagine going to visit an elderly relative at a nursing home this holiday season and seeing them with unexplained bruises, bedsores or other injuries. What can be done about these instances of abuse and neglect?
When most people in Connecticut think about nursing home abuse or neglect, they probably envision negligent staff members doing other things instead of caring for their loved ones, or even physically or verbally abusing nursing home residents. But, there are many different ways that nursing home abuse and neglect can occur. One way that many people don't think of is overmedication of nursing home residents.
It can be hard to know what to look for if you suspect a loved one who is a resident of a nursing home isn't receiving the right treatment. Perhaps you think that the staff could simply do a little more to make your relative comfortable. Or, perhaps even worse, you suspect that the staff of the nursing home is actively abusing your relative, or just neglecting to do their jobs. So, what should our readers look for if they suspect that a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home?
When Connecticut residents make the decision to move their elderly loved ones to a nursing home or assisted living facility, the decision is made with the elderly person's best interests in mind. After all, we all want what is best for our loved ones, and sometimes the right decision is to relocate them to a facility that can provide the type of around-the-clock support they need.