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.
Many people believe that once elderly family members become nursing home residents, their rights as an adult go away. They think that the resident must comply with all requests or demands the nursing home staff makes no matter how dangerous or unreasonable they might be. We cannot stress enough how wrong this belief is.
Nursing homes are often more than simply residences for people who need care. They are communities, full of people from different walks of life, where many differences may appear between patients and staff as well as between patients themselves.
The decision to seek full-time care is never easy for senior citizens and their families. Although the instinct is to keep older relatives close, especially as they need help, the task can prove too much. That's especially true if dementia or conditions demand round-the-clock care.
For the elderly, falls are a very serious issue. As people's bodies grow frailer, the potential complications of a fall get worse. While a child may just shake off a fall and carry on, an elderly person could wind up in the hospital.