How to Find the Right Nursing Home Facility

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

There are close to 1.5 million elders, accident victims needing rehabilitation and therapy, and mentally disabled young adults residing in about 16,000 nursing home facilities in the whole of the United States. Every day, these residents require not only minor medical attention, but also the care and assistance of registered/licensed nurses, nurse aides and staff in performing even the most basic daily routine of bathing, eating and others.

Thousands of nursing homes, however, do not have enough personnel to provide quality care to all residents. Thus, instead of genuine care and physical/emotional comfort from their supposed-to-be caretakers many, rather, suffer physical, emotional, sexual (and even financial) abuses from over-worked and stressed-out aides and/or staff.

Among the types of abuses, sexual is considered to be the most wicked; however, due to shame, threats and difficulty on the part of the abused in explaining his/her unpleasant experience (for fear of being suspected of simply suffering from dementia), this abuse becomes the least reported and it is not easy to detect either.

Fondling, forced nudity, display of pornographic materials, forcing another resident to touch or kiss the victim and forced penetrative acts are just some of the ways through this type of abuse is committed. Some probable ways of detecting sexual abuse is by observing the patient for any sudden change in his/her attitude or behavior, over-sensitivity to touch, fear and unexplained scars.

Often, the defense mechanism of sexual victims, to make it appear, as well as convince themselves, that nothing is really happening is by warding-off any thoughts about the abuse and casting an appearance of calmness and composure.

Nursing home abuse is a crime and, in many states, those who commit it are convicted of felony if proven guilty. This move is to help minimize the number of abuses committed against nursing home residents each year.

There are also moves to help families find a really good nursing home for their elderly loved ones. In fact a list of the Best Nursing Homes is available in federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The government has already identified at least 3,000 good nursing home facilities all across the U.S. The determining factors considered by the government in identifying whether one home is good or not are quality care, number of staffing (licensed nurses and nurse aides) and health inspections.

According to nursing home abuse lawyers from the law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, perpetrators of sexual abuse in nursing homes are often the very people tasked with taking care of the residents. In some cases, perpetrators may even be other residents. Regardless, nursing homes must always be vigilant and look for all forms of sexual abuse from staff and residents alike.

Families, on their part, must also guard about manifestations of sexual abuse, though these could really be hard to detect. Even the slightest feeling of suspicion that his/her loved one may be experiencing sexual abuse, an attorney may be able to help prove it and hold the responsible party accountable.

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