Wandering and elopement are serious concerns for the families of some Illinois nursing home residents, particularly those who suffer from dementia. Are enough safety precautions in place to prevent elderly and disabled adults from going missing?
When you place an ailing parent, grandparent or other loved one into a nursing home or adult care facility, you do so because you want the best possible treatment and care. Your loved one is likely no longer able to care for himself or herself, which means that around-the-clock support or care may be necessary.
Nursing home abuse and neglect are problems that no senior citizen should have to deal with. Unfortunately, some nursing home staff members choose to take advantage of a vulnerable population. Senior citizens and their families usually only turn to nursing home care when they are truly reliant on others to help them with daily activities.
Choosing a good nursing home for your loved one is probably a taxing or emotional process. You want to make sure your loved one is safe and receives proper care. Nursing home abuse may be a concern when making a choice, but you should also look into a home's security and ability to prevent wandering and elopement.
In a perfect world, anywhere your parents go for medical help and support as they age would be clean, friendly and accommodating. The staff should have experience and love the job. That's not how the world works, though, and there are cases in which people get hurt or even killed while in a nursing home. You worry about your parents, and it's good to keep out a watchful eye. Here are a few ways to recognize if nursing home abuse could be a risk at the facility you use.
Seeing your grandparents in a nursing home isn't easy. Even if the facility is an independent living facility, your grandparents have the right to expect proper care.
Nursing home staff members should take care of the residents of the home. Elderly residents who suffer at the hands of these individuals often have a long road to recovery. This includes the time it takes to heal from the physical, mental and emotional trauma they experience. Keep a watchful eye for signs of nursing home abuse and neglect if your loved one is in a nursing home. If you notice these signs, help your loved one stop the abuse or neglect and explore the possibility of seeking compensation.
When you made the decision to put your loved one in a nursing home, one of your biggest reasons was probably to help them get the care and attention they need for both their health and safety. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is a sad reality in nursing homes in Chicagoland and across the nation. One type of nursing home abuse or neglect is neglecting the elder resident or not offering proper care to the point they become malnourished or dehydrated.
We recently wrote about proposed legislation to install cameras in nursing homes in Illinois to prevent elder abuse. The Illinois Department of Public Health's Bureau of Long-Term Care governs nursing homes and their compliance with state law. But several state and federal agencies combine forces to license, regulate, inspect and certify Illinois nursing homes.