Caring for an aging and ailing loved one can be a daunting task. Most families make an effort to keep their elderly loved ones at home, sacrificing much of their own lives in the process. For some families, care giving begins to take its toll on the care provider and they eventually find themselves being forced to consider alternatives that they may never have otherwise. So begins the search for a suitable, trustworthy caregiver to take their place.
That search is never an easy one. Families find it very difficult to trust a stranger with the life and well-being of their elderly loved ones. Finding an in-home senior care provider is the second best thing to doing it themselves, which is why most families who are able opt for this alternative when they cannot be the caregiver themselves. This situation allows the elderly loved one to remain in their home and within familiar surroundings, both of which are vital to their mental health and well-being.
Nursing homes are another popular option when an elderly family member cannot be cared for by an in-home senior care provider or the by family. However, recent statistics regarding abuse inside nursing homes may lead to a drastically reduced number of families opting for this kind of care. The Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee found that thirty percent of all nursing homes in the United States were cited for a total of 9,000 instances of elderly abuse and neglect over a two year period from 1999 to 2001. That equates to one in three residents suffering abuse at the hands of their care providers.
The most common reason for the complaints was neglect. Untreated bedsores, unsanitary conditions, malnutrition, slack medical care, and poor hygienic practices were the most frequently cited situations in the complaints against the nursing homes. Some of the complaints were vastly more disturbing. They accused the staff of striking the residents, punching them, kicking them, and other physical abuses to the point of causing broken bones and bruising. Sexual abuse of the elderly residents by the care providers themselves were also reported.
These statistics should be red flags for any families who are considering nursing homes as a care giving option for their elderly loved ones. They should also bear in the mind that just because a nursing home has a clean record, free of abuse claims does not mean that abuse will not occur there in the future. On the other hand, just because abuse has occurred there in the past does not mean it will continue to occur in the future.
However, if you choose an in-home senior care provider like us you can have piece of mind knowing your loved one is in very capable hands, receiving one on one special care and in their own home with all the familiar surroundings they need.