As our parents age, it may eventually become necessary to consider whether helping them move into a nursing home is the right decision for you and your family. In some cases, you may be able to help care for them in your own home. However, for many adults, this is not possible for a number of different reasons. Prior to making this decision, there are a few things to consider. Most importantly, you will want to make sure that your parents will be safe.
Nursing Home Safety
It is a sad reality that elder abuse does occur in nursing homes. For this reason, you will want to be extra vigilant as you tour different nursing homes. Some of the common factors that may lead to elder abuse in nursing homes include inadequate staffing and insufficiently trained staff. It is important to ask how many residents are assigned to each staff member and to ask for other information regarding their training.
A good time to tour prospective nursing homes is during lunchtime when you and your parents will be able to assess the community’s culture. You can see how the other residents interact, as well as observe the staff’s interactions with the residents.
After you have chosen the nursing home and helped your parent or parents move in, make sure to continue to keep in close contact with them, and visit whenever possible. This way, the lines of communication stay open, and you can jump in to help if you have any suspicions of possible abuse down the road.
Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes
While many nursing homes are perfectly safe for your elderly loved ones, it is important to stay alert and watch for any signs of elder abuse. If you suspect an elderly loved one has become a victim of elder abuse in a nursing home, contact a nursing home abuse attorney right away.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.