We are an aging population, and as the elderly demographic increases, more families are faced with the task of caring for their aging loved ones. For many working families, nursing home care is the only practical solution. Elder care is expensive, and it is not uncommon for nursing homes to cut corners in the name of profits. Many are understaffed or fail to screen their employees thoroughly. As a result, neglect of the elderly can be a problem.
Federal law has attempted to address this problem in the form of the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act which applies to all nursing homes that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds. It sets minimum standards of care, including patient nutrition, the use of restraints, and the prevention and treatment of bed sores. Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to provide their patients with quality care, and they can be held accountable if they neglect their duty.
How to spot problems: You owe it to your loved one to be vigilant about the quality of care. Pop in unannounced, and question staff if anything appears out of order. Examine the home for cleanliness and security. Be mindful and look for these signs in a patient:
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