In a previous post, we discussed a new policy under the current administration that is limiting the consequences a nursing home faces for mistreatment of their residents. In this post, we discuss another recent policy change—which robs mistreated nursing home residents of their right to a trial in court.
The decision to move your elderly parent into a nursing home has been a difficult one. You know you can’t care for them yourself, but you’re also worried about the quality of care they may receive in a senior living facility.
Your elderly mother has been getting frailer and more forgetful lately. You know it’s not safe for her to continue living by herself, but you also know you don’t have the capacity to care for her in your home.
Nursing home mistreatment can take many forms. It may involve abuse in the form of financial exploitation, threats or physical harm. But one of the most common forms of elder mistreatment is neglectful care.
When you hear the term “elder abuse,” images of negligent care or physical harm may spring to mind. While these are serious and tragic issues on their own, there are other types of elder abuse that are not so easily noticeable.
Leaving your older relative at a nursing home is supposed to alleviate stress, but it can bring on even more challenges. You brought them there expecting a certain level of care, and it doesn’t help anyone if they don’t receive what they need. They may not want—or be able—to report abuse or neglect themselves, so it could fall on you to notice the warning signs.
The decision to put your elder parent’s care in the hands of a stranger requires an immense amount of trust—and it is likely not a decision you take lightly. But as your loved one’s memory becomes more compromised, you begin to realize that they can’t take care of themselves anymore—and that with your full-time job, you can’t manage that responsibility either. Finding outside help is the only solution.