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There are approximately 52 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65 and that number is expected to increase to 95 million by 2060. As Americans live longer, the need for long-term care facilities and nursing homes grows. Unfortunately, elder abuse occurs in these types of facilities so preventing elder abuse is a concern for family members and their elderly loved ones.
Before choosing a nursing home or long-term care facility, you and your loved one need to tour the facility in person. Things to look for and discuss include (but are not limited to):
Ask specific questions about the facility’s hiring practices, turnover rates, and administrative oversight. A physical visit enables you to see staff working conditions, talk to staff and other residents, and see for yourself how residents are treated.
With our digital world today, there might be the desire to show you the facilities via a video walk-through or via Skype. Digital can help you narrow your search down, but nothing can take the place of an actual in-person visit.
Some people hesitate to go into a nursing home or long-term facility. Out of sight can mean out of mind and your loved one may think the family has forgotten them.
Do regular check-ins with your loved one. Visit, call, write, even send a video. Ask how they are being treated, if there are any problems, how their health is, and so on. This tells your loved ones you care, which will make them more likely to tell you about any concerns they may have. Visits are especially important since it enables you to see your loved one and if there are any physical or emotional signs of abuse.
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If your loved one tells you about an abusive situation, take it seriously and investigate. Call the facility and ask for details. Talk to the staff. If you do not get satisfactory answers, report the allegation to the proper authorities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Long-Term Care Services, the number of elderly persons requiring care by others:
If your elderly loved one has suffered any form of elder abuse, put a stop to it immediately. Talk with the facility’s administrative staff or file a grievance.
Should you need a personal injury lawyer in the Kansas City area with expertise in nursing home abuse lawsuits, call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published June 25, 2021. It was reviewed on October 31, 2022 and updated for content and accuracy.