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By Jonathan Rosenfeld

Tips For Preventing Nursing Home Abuse

Posted in Broken Bones

How Do You Prevent Nursing Home AbuseWhen a family makes the difficult decision to place their loved one in the care of a nursing home, they hope the provided caregivers will be as loving and responsible as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many elders are abused in nursing homes due to their age and physical frailty. Often, this abuse is in the form of neglect. In order to make sure your family doesn’t fall prey to nursing home abuse, look for the 5 warning signs below.

Look For Bruises, Pressure Marks, And Broken Bones

In the unfortunate event that physical violence is being used against the elderly, there will often be a mark. One place to look is one the wrists and ankles to determine if unnecessary confinements are being used. Anytime your elderly family encounters a broken bone, make sure to fully understand what happened to ensure it was not abuse such as hitting or shoving that led to it.

Document Changes In Behavior

When your family member suddenly becomes sullen, or doesn’t participate in their favorite activities anymore, it could be a sign they are suffering from abuse. Keep an eye out for depression as well.

Keep An Eye On Finances

Another form of elder abuse is financially duping those who aren’t coherent enough to understand. Make sure to keep a tight lid on your family member’s finances to make sure they are not being exploited.

Watch For Bedsores And Weight Loss

If your family member is confined to their bed, one sign they are being neglected is the appearance of bedsores and poor hygiene. There are ways to prevent bedsores, and a well cared for person should not develop them. Additionally, weight loss in a person who is still eating can be a sign that their food is not being delivered to them on a regular basis.

Listen To Your Family Member

If you hear that your family member is being belittled or threatened, don’t write it off to old age. Instead, make a point of investigating their claim to make sure it is a fallacy and not a sign of elder abuse.

Growing old is hard enough on a family without dealing with the fall out of nursing home abuse. Make sure to use these warning signs to keep your family safe.

Determining When or If to Take Legal Action

If you feel like your family member has been mistreated or abused, you may be entitled to pursue legal action on their behalf.  A law firm that handles nursing home negligence cases can evaluate your case and explain your legal recourse in the applicable laws.

Poor Communication Alleged in Nursing Home Patient’s Death

Posted in Medication Errors

Death of a Nursing Home Patient due to Poor CommunicationNursing home care is often adversely affected due to poor communication. Open communication channels between hospitals, nursing assistants, nurses in charge, directors and administrators, and other staff is the key to keeping problems from becoming too serious.

Most nurses in nursing homes rely almost entirely upon discharge information provided by the hospital when transitioning patients in nursing home care. Multiple problems and inadequacies arise in the communication of such information to nursing home staff. According to nursing home staff, problems regularly arise with medication in the lack of necessary prescriptions, they are provided with limited or no medical history, and sometimes the wrong information is provided regarding the current health status of patients.

Due to miscommunication between hospitals and nursing homes, nursing home staff reports that they have to consistently make phone calls for clarifications about medical history and medication, deal with increased nursing staff stress and thus lower quality of care, and suffer delays in providing medication. This further leads to the frustration of individual residents and family members, resulting in a negative image of the nursing home and further leading to the re-hospitalization of some patients. Hence, according to nursing home staff, the main barrier to effective transitions to nursing home care was miscommunication.

Incidence of Miscommunication

A recent story emerged regarding a Wood River based nursing home, in which the home was held responsible for the demise of a resident after a surgery and a lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit was filed against SA-Enc VIP Manor LLC. and Brenda Schneedle, administrator of the estate of Nellie Petrokovich, was the one who filed the suit.

Petrokovich had colon surgery in May 2011 at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Following the surgery, she was shifted to VIP Manor a month later, in a condition regarded as stable. According to Petrokovich’s family, she was said to be under the care of a Dr. Gray and a nurse Steib at the nursing home.

According to the lawsuit, the doctors ordered blood work for Petrokovich. Furthermore, the results were sent to the home via fax. The results of the blood test allegedly revealed that sodium levels in Petrokovich’s blood were very low. However, according to nursing home records, the staff did not receive the fax and were not given any physician’s orders regarding medical care for the patient.

As with all patients with low blood sodium levels, Petrokovich soon started showing signs of swelling in different parts of her body, including her arms, legs, feet and her face in the days following the results. She was subsequently moved to St. Anthony’s emergency room for treatment and released a couple of days later, after which she moved back to the nursing home. The nursing home staff noticed that the patient was experiencing shortness of breath, her speech was slurred, and she seemed very confused, due to which they moved her back to St. Anthony’s Hospital. Doctors at the hospital diagnosed her with congestive pulmonary failure and respiratory distress, and she died eight days later under their care.

The blame, according to the family, lies with the owners and nursing staff of VIP Manor, the nursing home, for failing to take measures to improve Petrokovich’s condition or prevent her death. They are also being sued for violation of Illinois’ Nursing Home Care Act. Schneedle, Petrokovich’s daughter, has sued for an amount of money in damages and court costs.

Behind Closed Doors: Sexual Abuse Alleged At Nursing Home

Posted in Sexual Abuse & Assault

What Happens Behind Closed DoorsNursing homes are supposed to be a comfortable and safe haven for elderly individuals who are suffering from illnesses and require special medical attention. Families of the elderly people who reside in nursing homes want to be satisfied with the care their loved one is receiving and want the best for their elderly family members.

When a family member makes the difficult decision of admitting their elderly loved one into a nursing home, they want to feel content that they are making the best decision for them.

The Issues with Nursing Homes

Unfortunately, nursing homes are not always an ideal place for the elderly. Nursing homes are increasingly becoming a dangerous place. With drops in nursing staff and lack of resources, many residents are not receiving adequate medical care. Elderly patients also suffer from various types of abuse, such as mental and physical abuse. These elderly patients suffer terribly and there can be debilitating physical and psychological damage. Another, more serious and devastating type of abuse, which occurs behind the closed doors of nursing homes, is sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse of Elderly

Sexual abuse can cause severe psychological and physical damage to any individual who suffers from it. However, because of the frailty and vulnerability of elderly patients, the effects of sexual abuse are magnified considerably. These elderly patients rarely have anyone to whom they can voice their complaints and sometimes are in such frail conditions because of their illness, that they cannot speak at all. These residents are left unnoticed, neglected and the abuse can go on for a very long time before someone realizes what is going on.

Sexual abuse in nursing homes usually occurs in two ways. The most common form of sexual abuse in nursing homes is perpetrated by other residents of the facility. Here, the staff of the nursing home is at fault for not supervising the individuals properly and failing to protect their residents.  Sexual abuse perpetrated by residents is dangerous as it can go unnoticed for quite some time. There have been cases of such abuse in many United States nursing homes and it is becoming more of a problem all around the country.

The second type of sexual abuse that occurs in nursing homes is by the staff of the nursing home. Elderly patients are very vulnerable, both mentally and physically, and sometimes corrupt staff members take advantage of this. Sexual abuse by staff is even more dangerous and problematic because the patients are often afraid to speak out about such issues, especially when it involves someone in power.

Sexual abuse undermines the dignity and the self-respect of its victims. These elderly individuals’ quality of life has been already at a disadvantage due to their illness or disease. Sexual abuse aggravates their physical and psychological problems, and can severely alter their health.

Nursing homes have been established to be a comfortable and relaxing place for elderly individuals. It is a place that family members leave their loved ones and want to remain assured that their grandmother or their father, for example, is being given the best possible care. Nursing homes must once again become that safe haven where the elderly can rest and enjoy their days with security and peace.

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Recent Nursing Home Fines Suggest General Lack of Patient Oversight

Posted in Nursing Home Abuse

Fines Show Lack of Patient CaringNursing homes are increasingly becoming a place of distrust and oversight, rather than what they were created to be, a safe and comfortable home for the elderly.

Recently, many nursing homes have been fined for their oversight of patients and the lack of care of patients. Elderly individuals are admitted to nursing homes in the hopes that they will be cared for with the best resources. However, most often this is not what elderly patients receive. In contrast, they are neglected and given very little attention.

Need to oversee fragile patients

Patient oversight can range from ignoring a patient’s request for a diaper change to ignoring a patient’s infected abscess. Some patients go for weeks without baths, which can aggravate infections and illnesses they are already suffering from. The staff working in many nursing homes may forget to attend to a patient during rounds and the elderly patient will only be looked at during the next set of rounds, usually after two or more hours.

Small issues that the nursing staff may not think are important can evolve into larger problems. For example, simply forgetting to change a patient’s diaper can cause a bladder infection or set the course for a bedsore to form. Both of these infections can cause great suffering to a patient and if left unnoticed, can cause serious health issues.

Patient oversight occurs much too often in nursing home facilities. The elderly are at an extra disadvantage compared to younger patients at other medical facilities because they are unable to exert their rights in an adequate manner. Sometimes these patients are unable to walk or talk and cannot express their feelings or their issues properly, even to their own family members.

Who is Responsible?

Nursing homes must be held responsible for the pain and suffering elderly patients experience due to the oversights of staff members. There is no excuse for ignoring a patient’s cry for help. Staff members are responsible for the well being and the security of these patients, and if they are not doing their job properly, there must be penalties.

Fining Nursing Homes

Fortunately, state governments are taking action against the neglect of nursing homes. They are fining the nursing homes for the distress and pain that the elderly patients have been suffering due to their oversight. These fines are influencing nursing homes to take action and better train their staff to ensure that mistakes or negligence do not occur at their facilities again.

Nursing homes have been established to help the elderly. However, nowadays nursing homes are becoming more of a problem for the elderly patients. Lack of care and an increase in patient oversight is causing nursing homes to no longer be a safe option for the elderly. If the nursing homes cannot guarantee safety and proper medical attention to their patients, they should not be in service. Fining these nursing homes is essential in motivating the staff to increase their standards and their quality of care.

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Nursing Home Falls Can Be Reduced By Implementing Basic Precautions

Posted in Nursing Home Falls

Nursing Home Falls and Precautions Falls among the elderly contribute to roughly 1,800 deaths each year and statistics are showing that the problem is greater in nursing homes than anywhere else. Only 5% of the population above the age of 65 lives in nursing homes, but falls in nursing homes account for 20% of the falls that occur nationwide, regardless of location.

Many of the falls that happen in nursing home happen as a result of increased frailty among the members that live under assisted care. These falls can be easily prevented, however, by evaluating the contributing factors to falls in the elderly and adjusting the care given to patients in nursing homes accordingly.

Medications contributing to poor balance

Some medications may increase the risk of falls in the elderly if the side effects of the medications include dizziness, fatigue and muscle weakness. Many patients’ falls are directly related to the side effects of medication, and should be prescribed medicines with fewer side effects that increase the likelihood of a fall. Doctors should evaluate all of the medications that patients are currently taking and decide whether or not alternatives can be substituted in order to reduce the risk of falls in nursing homes.

Environmental dangers adding to fall risk

Despite the belief that nursing homes provide a much safer environment that reduces the risk of falls, between 16% and 27% of the falls that occur in nursing homes are the result of an environmental hazard. Tripping hazards can actually be more common in a nursing home than the hazards that exist in an everyday home. Nursing home staffs need to be aware of the tripping and falling hazards that exist and take more care to help patients avoid them. Chairs, stools, rugs, wet floors and other furniture can pose risks and furniture must be put out of the way and floors marked as wet in a way that the elderly can see and avoid the hazard.

Atrophy: When de-conditioning is a factor in falls

When a patient is confined to a bed or limited in his or her movement, muscles become atrophied and contribute to a greater risk of falling. Many of the falls among the elderly are the result of weakened muscle and nursing homes can inadvertently encourage this by limiting the amount of activity that patients are able to participate in. The fear is that allowing patients to be active could increase the chance that they will fall during activity. Instead of benefiting the patient, however, confining the elderly to beds will only make them frailer and subject to falls when they must walk or perform an activity.

Exercise: Pushing a patient too far

Encouraging the elderly to exercise helps them in many ways and will ultimately prolong their lives. Activities should not be too strenuous, but activity will prevent muscle weakness and help older people maintain balance and important motor skills. One common activity that is extremely helpful to the elderly is Tai Chi— a series of very slow and controlled movements combined with controlled breathing. Tai Chi classes for the elderly allow participants to perform the actions while seated or with a seat close by.

Exercise is not only an effective means of preventing falls, but it allows the elderly to feel less confined and maintain their sense of dignity and freedom. Many of the elderly participants in Tai Chi classes enjoy that the activity allows them to get away from normal day to day life and gives them the opportunity to do something fun and relaxing. Adults who exercise regularly also have a higher lifespan than those who do not and this remains true for the elderly.

Evaluating nursing home fall cases to determine if a facility is negligent

By properly evaluating the needs of patients, nursing homes can greatly reduce both the frequency of the falls and their severity that occur among their elderly residents. Keeping patients off of medication that comes with adverse side effects that contribute to falls, removing furniture, rugs and other obstacles from common areas and promoting activity are all ways to accomplish this goal. Through fall prevention, we can ensure that our loved ones live longer and healthier lives.

If your loved one has sustained serious injuries related to a fall or being dropped in a nursing home, they may be entitled to significant damages for their injuries for their related pain and medical expenses.   A nursing home lawyer can review the circumstance and advise how to proceed with a legal claim or lawsuit against the responsible facility.


Chicago Nursing Home Lawyer Reminds Family Members to be Vigilant About Care Of Elderly

Posted in Abuse In Chicago Nursing Homes & Other Communities Within Illinois

Families To Stand Up for Elderly CareAfter a lifetime of providing for the needs of their families, giving love and making sacrifice for those who they have cared about, our elderly really do deserve much better care than they have been receiving at many facilities. Nursing home abuse is a topic that few people like to talk about and most people would prefer to believe that it doesn’t happen to their loved ones. Each time a story is aired on the news that details the horrible treatment that has been given to an elderly person; our gut reaction is to assure ourselves that the nursing home we chose for our loved ones is better. But is it?

St. John’s Place

St. John’s place is a nursing home that is in St. Louis County that may appear no different than most other nursing homes in the area. The facility is receiving attention lately due to two separate incidents involving patients under its care this month. Police were investigating the fall of an 82 year old woman who suffered severe injuries in the fall. Criminal charges may be filed against the nursing home and the story was featured on the news— prompting a viewer to investigate the home even further because her own family member was a patient there.

After looking into the level of care that her mother-in-law was receiving, Gail Drmacich was in for a few surprises. She noticed that her mother-in-law had bruises all over her arm and wondered if they may have been from a fall that the nursing home failed to report to her. The injured arm eventually turned green and Gail demanded that an ambulance be called. It took the nursing facility two hours to meet her demands and her mother-in-law was admitted to the hospital with a fractured elbow and a separated shoulder.

How to tell if Your Loved One is in Good Hands

It does not matter if the nursing home that you have trusted your loved ones’ care to has the best reputation in the area— nursing home abuse can happen anywhere. As family members, we need to be more active in the lives of our loved ones so that we can be certain they are being cared for. Visit your family member often and make sure that he or she is not showing signs of malnutrition or dehydration, which will be evident through abnormal weight loss and changes in mood or confusion. If you notice during a visit that your family member has any symptoms of a medical condition that were not present during your last visit, investigate.

Nursing homes tend to hide what happens to their patients due to fear of litigation, so you cannot always trust the story that you are given by the nurse or staff member who is responsible for your family member’s care. The presence of bruises, change in behavior or mood and symptoms that mimic dementia can all be signs that your loved one is being neglected. If he or she is confined to a bed, make sure that there isn’t a presence of bed sores and demand medical care immediately if you suspect that something is wrong.

It is easy to deny the possibility that the nursing home we have chosen for our loved ones is responsible and dedicated to their care. We would like to believe that we made the right decision by placing our family members in the homes that care for them. However, we need to be alert and aware of how our loved ones are being treated because it benefits them more to admit we were wrong than to hold onto the thought that we made the right choice. Do not wait to see your loved one’s nursing home featured on the nighttime news to investigate whether or not he or she is receiving quality care and respect.

Deciding when to move forward with legal action after an injury in a nursing home

If you are concerned about the care of a loved one in a nursing home, you may wish to contact your state’s department of health who can conduct an investigation into the matter.  If the matter is truly of a life threatening nature, you may wish to to contact the local police and paramedics.  Consulting with a nursing home attorney may be appropriate if the matter involves negligent care of the facility.  An attorney who prosecutes nursing home abuse can advise you and your family of your legal options and may be able to file a lawsuit against the nursing home on your behalf.

Why Sexual Abuse Happens In Nursing Homes

Posted in Sexual Abuse & Assault

Sexual Abuse in Nursing HomesWhen we think about nursing home abuse, the first things that come to mind are incidents of neglect that lead to complications such as malnourishment, dehydration and bed sores. We don’t want to imagine the possibility that our loved ones could be the victims of assault or sexual abuse. The amount of incidents that are being reported that related to alleged sexual abuse in nursing homes is alarming, however, and despite our best efforts to deny it, sexual abuse is a growing problem in nursing homes.

High Rate of Incidents, Low Rate of Arrest

Between the years of 2007 and 2010, in Chicago, IL, there were eighty-six reported incidents that involved some form of sexual abuse. Of those eighty-six reports, only a single incident led to an arrest. More surprising was the fact that there were nine incidents that happened in nursing homes in Chicago that were never reported to the police and another incident which was reported months after the fact. Nursing homes are required by law to report cases of criminal sexual assault immediately.

Why the Elderly are a Target for Sexual Abuse

Perpetrators often target the elderly because they are unable to fight back due to frailty and are unlikely to be taken seriously when they make an accusation. Many cases of sexual abuse that involve nursing home staff involve patients that may already be suffering from dementia or a mental illness. The abuser will quickly deny any accusations and claim that the patient is suffering from hallucinations or is confused. It is also much easier to restrain and intimidate the elderly, which means unfortunately that they make for easier prey in the eyes of sexual predators.

Signs of Assault

If a patient has unexplained bruises that the responsible caregiver tries to attribute to the natural aging process, it is possible that the person is being restrained and or assaulted. In the event of genital bruising or bleeding, the caregiver might provide the excuse that the injuries happened while inserting a catheter. Bruises to the abdomen are another sign that the victim was restrained unnecessarily and that foul play was involved.

Relation of Under-staffing to Sexual Abuse

Of the eighty-six cases of sexual assault reported in nursing homes in Chicago between 2007 and 2010, only a handful involved a perpetrator who was a visitor or staff member. The majority of sexual assault in nursing homes occurs when a resident abuses another resident. The number of these incidents is significantly greater in facilities that are understaffed due to the inability of the small staff to successfully monitor all of the patients under its care. Visitors and residents are able to wander the facility more freely without detection and more sexual crimes are committed as a result.

Protecting Elderly Nursing Home Patients From Sexual Abuse

Ensuring that the home your loved one is admitted to is properly staffed is the first step toward protecting him or her against sexual abuse. Well-staffed facilities are more likely to notice suspicious behavior and intervene in the event that a resident, staff member or visitor is in a place that he or she is not supposed to be. Paying attention to the physical signs is also important. Don’t always take a staff member’s word for it if you are told that the bruises on your loved one’s arms or abdomen are caused by aging and if there are any injuries whatsoever to the genitals, demand an investigation.

Sexual abuse in nursing homes is a difficult subject to talk about, but denying that it happens or remaining silent will never make the problem go away. Before you decide on a nursing home, make sure that it is properly staffed and that the staff is well trained in order to prevent sexual abuse and other forms of nursing home abuse such as neglect. If you have any reason at all to suspect that your loved one is being abused sexually while under the care of a nursing home, contact an experienced injury lawyer with experience prosecuting sexual abuse cases to give the case proper consideration and to conduct a formal investigation.


What Must Be Proven To Win A Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit?

Posted in Neglect

Nursing Home Lawsuit and How to WinNursing home neglect cases are considered medical malpractice lawsuits. Medical malpractice lawsuits are among the most difficult a lawyer will ever handle. A nursing home negligence case requires the patient, the “plaintiff,” to prove that his or her nursing home, residential care facility, or caretaker, the “defendant,”, deviated so far from what is accepted as “standard” care and treatment that the law considers them to have been “negligent.”

The plaintiff is also required to prove that the nursing home’s negligence was a primary cause of the injury that the plaintiff has suffered. Your case must be proven by expert testimony. Simply making a mistake or getting a bad result is not enough – the nursing home neglect attorney must prove that there was negligence and that negligence led directly to your injury. Yes, it’s true. Nursing home and residential care facilities sometimes “get away with” negligence because the injury that they caused is not severe.

Nursing home patients and their family members must also remember that just because serious injury or wrongful death at a Michigan nursing home does not mean that “negligence” occurred. In the tragic event that there was a death involved, the nursing home injury attorney will file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family members. These cases can take a year or more in the courthouse to conclude so great patience from the client is needed. Most nursing home malpractice cases settle “out of court,” rather than going through to a jury trial.

If you or a family member suffer injuries or have lost a loved one due to nursing home neglect, call an experienced attorney immediately to discuss your case. Most injuries are never reported or discovered in nursing home neglect cases. Do not become a victim of abuse and make sure to report all signs of neglect to protect you, your loved one, and all other patients who are residents of that particular nursing home.

For additional information view our Michigan nursing home law page.

Woman’s Death Highlights Risk of Financial Fraud for Elderly

Posted in Economics

Death of Woman Shows High Risk of FraudThe death of a woman last fall at Park Pointe Village retirement community in the Rock Hill area could have been prevented, representatives of the woman’s estate say in a lawsuit. The suit charges that the death of Pauline Cook, 82, could have been avoided if employees and staff at the OakBridge Terrace assisted living facility, which is in Park Pointe Village, had taken action against an employee suspected of theft and forgery. According to news reports, police arrested a nurse’s assistant and say she confessed to killing Cook and trying to cover it up.

Representatives of Cook’s estate say she complained to employees of OakBridge Terrace and to police about someone forging checks in her name. According to the lawsuit, employees at OakBridge Terrace helped identify nurse’s aide Braquette Walton as the forger, and helped Cook make a complaint to the Rock Hill police. However, the suit alleges, employees should have then taken further steps to ensure that Walton couldn’t gain access to the facility or Cook.

Pauline Cook’s death is an example of a growing nationwide trend of not only elder abuse , but elder financial abuse. Officials all over the country are trying to rein in financial crimes against the elderly, which some experts label an epidemic. The rising numbers of elderly and the recession mean that more and more seniors are at risk of financial abuse. According to the Washington Post, caregivers and family members are often the most likely abusers — and elderly women are more likely to be targeted than elderly men.

However, as a recent report from Illinois shows, even well-meaning family members can be victims of financial scams targeting the elderly. Only time will tell if the spotlight on the dangers of elder financial abuse can actually help stop these crimes. Meanwhile, the elderly and their loved ones must remain aware of this problem and hold abusers accountable for their crimes.

Elder Abuse Statistics

Elder abuse is a horrifying breach of the trust that older adults and their families place in their caregivers. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that 1 to 2 million adults over the age of 65 have been abused, neglected or exploited in some way by a caregiver. Yet only one out of every six incidents is reported, perhaps reflecting the helplessness of some abused elders.

Documentary Demonstrates Lack of Oversight with Assisted Living Industry

Posted in Assisted Living Facilities

Film shows lack of attention to assisted livingAssisted Living for Elderly Family Members

Assisted Living Homes have become very common in the United States. Even though, a few schools of thought in our society are highly critical of this way of living, elders who are unable to take care of themselves have no other option but to choose an assisted living facility to fulfill their needs.

What exactly does such a facility do? Even if you have never heard of assisted living, the term itself gives away the idea. Say, for instance, you have a relative who needs constant help to do even the basic personal tasks like changing clothes, bathing, washing hands, taking medications etc. If this relative has no one to aid him with these chores, he can choose to live in an assisted facility. This facility hires helpers who then give a hand to these elders in bathing, changing and doing most of their personal work.

However, these facilities and their administrations tend to create an impression that they are providing care and help round the clock when that is hardly the case. In fact, in most facilities, help is minimized to a few hours a day only, during which the resident is told to cram all their tasks that they want done.

With limited staff on duty and with a motto to only ‘assist and not nurse’, assisted living homes have recently been criticized for not showing enough and adequate care for residents.

Assisted Living vs. Nursing Homes

By the sound of them, assisted living and nursing homes both seem the same i.e. homes for elderly residents who need help. However, there is a wide difference in the kind of care they provide, which is unknown to most family members who decide to leave their elders in one of these facilities without pondering over the best one.

The same mistake was made by a son who wanted to leave his mother in an elderly home so she could get some help with her chores. However, he failed to realize that it was important to match the kind of care his old mother needed with the level of attention and care each of these facilities was ready to provide. The documentary that told his story went on to elaborate the guilt and regret the son feels even today for not making the best possible decision for his mother.

The only way to ensure one does make the right decision is to have a thorough understanding of what each facility does and what is suitable for the elder under your care. For instance, if the elder does not only need care and assistance but also requires 24/7 medical help, a nursing home is a better fit because qualified nurses are on regular duty. Unlike an assisted living home where only physical help is given, a nursing home is required to carry out regular checkups and report any signs and symptoms of illnesses or delayed response.

Therefore, had this individual’s mother been in a nursing home, he and the doctors on duty would have been informed of the pressure ulcers forming on her back, which went unnoticed at the assisted living home and later became the cause of her death.


The economic pressure to work at maximum capacity and have all beds full plagues every nursing home and assisted living center. Therefore, the owners of these facilities always want to take in patients and residents without caring much of the criteria needed to be followed for resident’s admission. Nonetheless, the responsibility of making the right choice of living for your loved ones falls on your shoulders and so does the regret for failing to do so.

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