A change in how U.S. nursing homes are regulated has lowered the amount of fines they pay for violations. Overall, the government has cut fines by about 40 percent.
As loved ones age and need advanced care, it's important to stay mindful of the potential dangers of elder abuse and mistreatment. No person at any age should experience mistreatment from those who should be caring for them.
You may notice changes in your parent's physical health after a few months of living in a nursing home. You might assume old age is taking its effect on their mind and body, especially if they also suffer from dementia.
When we think of problems occurring in nursing homes, we first think about physical abuse and neglect. But emotional abuse also occurs, and one of the emerging types of emotional abuse coming into view is of LGBT residents.
The population in California continues to grow. Among the fastest growing segments of the population are elderly people. After all, many people in America are living longer, healthier lives. California, in particular, is home to many people who make sensible lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, with more elderly people in the state, the instances of elder abuse are also on the rise.
California residents know that putting a relative in a nursing home usually isn't easy. But, while many people are able to take the time and shoulder the expense of caring for an elderly relative, the fact is that sometimes making arrangements for them to live in a nursing home is unavoidable. Unfortunately, elder abuse has risen to the forefront of societal discourse as more people begin to realize that nursing home abuse and neglect may not be all that uncommon.
Any of our readers who have seen previous posts here about nursing home neglect and abuse know that elder abuse is an issue that has been rising in awareness among the public. More awareness is, of course, a good thing, but many may not know some of the specific data right here in California, which many will likely agree is startling.
For most Southern California residents the thought of an elderly loved one being subjected to humiliation, neglect or abuse can turn the stomach. Most people understand that there may come a time when these elderly family members will need to receive around-the-clock care at an assisted living center or a nursing home, but when that time comes they expect their family members to be treated with care and respect. The sad reality is, however, that elder abuse does occur in a wide variety of circumstances.
Throughout the country, including in California, people are becoming more educated about the pervasive problem of elder abuse. This type of abuse is nothing new, but government entities, as well as private organizations, have spent the last several years raising awareness of this important societal issue. It is an issue that will become even more important as the average age of the American population increases dramatically over the next few years.
People in California have literally thousands of options when it comes to choosing a nursing home or assisted living facility for their loved ones. The choice often comes down to what a family can afford and what their insurance will cover, but other issues such as location and the quality of the facility are just as important factors in the decision. The decision can be incredibly difficult, and knowing where to get reliable information is also difficult, so people need to do their homework and question their source of information before making this important decision.