January 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- There may come a time in a person's life when he or she is no longer able to live independently in their own home. They may be suffering from an injury or illness that requires dedicated medical care and this can place a huge burden on family and friends. In many cases, this will lead to the individual being placed in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
For many families, this may be a confusing time. They have to screen various facilities, and may not know how to find out about any prior allegations of nursing home abuse or neglect
. There are many things that families can do to ensure that the place that they select will provide the right kind of care for their loved ones.
Family and friends may have recommendations on some nursing homes in the area, but it is important to take a closer look at the facilities that are being recommended. There are several government resources that will list detailed information about the conditions at a particular residence.
Medicare's "Nursing Home Compare" website gives most facilities a rating based on five-stars, as well as information regarding health inspections that have been conducted in the past. This may allow families an opportunity to discover which facilities they want to visit to learn more about their procedures and practices, as well as the staff that will be assisting their loved one.
Families should take the time to schedule an appointment to tour the home before they make their final decision. Often this review will allow the families to have a first-hand look at how the staff interacts with patients, which is an extremely crucial part of the process. This can help family members be sure that they are placing their loved ones in safe hands.
When abuse occurs, it can be very difficult for the elderly individual to explain what has been happening. They may even be unaware that abuse is happening, and therefore it is important to be aware of potential warning signs that may be present. If your loved one has complained of abuse, or has bed sores or other characteristics that demonstrate abuse, take these allegations seriously. Be affirmative in addressing the complaints and/or warning signs.
If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, it is important that you take steps immediately to prevent any further incidents from occurring. This includes speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney to pursue any claims that you may have against the facility and its employees.
These cases often require very detailed investigations as well as complex medical testimony concerning your loved one's condition. It is very important that you work with someone who understands the complexities of these matters, and knows how to connect the injuries to the abuse or neglect that occurred.
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