In-home care for disabled children is extremely expensive in many states, one of the main reasons that many families rely on nursing homes to care for their special needs child. Because many families are unable to afford the cost of in-home nurses and care workers, it means a nursing home, where elderly adults surround these children, is the only viable option. Estimates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services put the number of children living in nursing homes throughout the United States at approximately 4,000.
Why these children live in these nursing homes
Many of these children enter into a nursing home because there is a shortage of skilled home care workers and insufficient coverage for in-home care from state and local government. Estimates from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services suggest that out of the children living in nursing homes, 1,222 had some form of developmental disability.
While these children would be best served and probably be more comfortable with proper in-home care, state government does not allocate enough funds to do that. This despite the fact that studies at the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota showed that the state of Georgia spends $81,000 per nursing home patient every year, this opposed to the cost of home and community care of $26,000. This means that the alternative is not just better, but also more affordable. However, because of a lack of home health care workers, therapists, nurses, and state funding, many families are left with nursing home care as their sole option.
The similarities between older and younger residents
Despite their age, the elderly and children have a lot in common when it comes to assisted living. Both the youngest and the oldest members of society are particularly susceptible to mistreatment, neglect, and abuse by caregivers. The reasons behind these issues are often the same: management’s desire to increase profits over quality of care, understaffing, and poor staff training. Mistreatment, for whatever reason, is never acceptable.
The problem with children in these facilities
Because the majority of the resident population in nursing homes is elderly, it is only logical that nursing home care traditionally focuses on its elderly residents. Both the health concerns and treatment methods are vastly different when comparing the elderly and children. While there are some states trying to improve in-home care resources by increasing funding, the sad reality is that many families will remain reliant on nursing homes for the time being.
The problem is that the nursing home environment is aimed at caring for adults. This means that children are open to mistreatment and abuse at the hands of other (older) patients and their caregivers. Some of the more common infractions include:
- Medication errors
- Food poisoning
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
Remember to take action
If you believe that a young person has suffered or is currently suffering from neglect, abuse, or injury at a group home, day care, foster home, or a nursing home, remember that it is important to speak out and let people know. Without holding these facilities accountable for their actions, it can be next to impossible to enact change.
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