No one wants to find out that their loved one has been mistreated in a nursing home. Unfortunately, many people are mistreated and end up with injuries as a result of the behaviors of those around them.
Good values for all Americans include honoring our parents and grandparents with the care they may need to enjoy their golden years. Therefore, it is sad and surprising that so many long-term care facilities geared towards the needs of senior citizens have chronic problems providing the best possible environment.
The best choice for enjoying the golden years can be a difficult one for seniors and their relatives. Thousands of aging people in Illinois require a little assistance to get through their days, and nursing homes or other assisted-living facilities can help with more serious care. This is only true, however, if these facilities are well-run.
Nursing homes in Illinois that depend on Medicare and Medicaid payments -- like those in many other areas of the country -- are facing a chronic financial crisis due to backlogged payments from the government.
Millions of American families rely on nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term clinics to care for elder relatives no longer able to manage their own medication and daily needs. One of the main concerns we have for these residents is isolation and loneliness. Regrettably, that is not the only concern.
Nursing home neglect is a pervasive problem throughout the United States. Nursing homes are held accountable when these instances of neglect are reported, but it's necessary for people to go through horrible pain and suffering before that can happen.
Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Illinois are institutions that help elderly people live well in their golden years, as well as take pressure off busy relatives to keep them safe and happy. Clinicians and aides in these homes are generally caring professionals who render the proper care, but some instances of abuse can mar the entire profession.
The decision to move an elderly relative into an assisted living facility is never an easy one. No one wants to face a lack of independence and privacy after a long, well-lived life. The advantages of full-time professional care often makes the choice inevitable.
To most people looking for a good nursing home, the ones that operate for profit seem like the cream of the crop. Because these facilities bring profits to administrators and other personnel, they should provide only the finest care and service. At least, that is what the majority of people think. A recent study that looked at Illinois nursing homes contradicts this common belief.
While physical and mental abuse may leave perceptible warnings for seniors and their friends to spot, financial abuse can be the "silent abuse," as nearly no one in a person's life will be able to tell immediately if it is happening. Extortion, theft and other forms of financial abuse of senior citizens costs millions of dollars per year.