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Nursing Home Risks – Is Home Health Care a Safer Option?

Nursing Home vs. Home Health Care

By Hughes & Coleman

The greatest generation is aging before our very eyes.  The World War II generation brought this country through depression and war into prosperity and wealth.  They fought hard to protect our freedoms and liberate people in bondage throughout the world.  They were the backbone of this country – developing a strong middle class, starting businesses, and implementing social reforms.  We owe a lot to our elderly. Without them we would not have the America we know and love today.

Now that they are aging and often unable to take care of themselves – families have important decisions to make regarding their daily care.  Nursing homes have been a popular solution in the US for decades but every day more stories are coming to light over nursing home abuse and neglect.  There have been studies conducted that show that 90% of nursing homes employ a minimum of one convicted criminal while some employ five or more.  That means when people place a loved one into a nursing home they have a 90% chance of having that family member exposed to a criminal.  Whether convicted for burglary, rape, arson, or drunk driving – criminals are working in nursing homes at an alarming rate.

According to AOA.com, the “older population”, which is defined as persons 65 years or of age or older:

“Numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000.”

It can be seen here that this population represents a significant part of our population. As the number of older Americans rises the need for nursing home facilities will rise as well, as will the need for nursing home employees making it even more important that the establishments and employees we trust to care for our loved ones as they age be held to the highest level of accountability for the services they provide and the people that they employ.

When families move a loved one into a home they usually bring with them important belongings and treasures to make their relative feel more at home and comfortable. With criminals in nursing homes that means those valuables are at greater risk for being stolen. The last thing you want is to find mothers wedding ring stolen and family treasures permanently lost.

Burglary is only one minor concern. Risks to health are far more important.  There is nothing more valuable than your loved one being healthy and safe.  There have been an alarming number of cases where elderly patients are getting bed sores from inattentive staff.  Bed sores can develop from a patient staying in one place for too long.  They can become so bad that while starting as a minor irritation can grow to the point where the skin is completely eaten away with muscle and bone being exposed.

It is unimaginable to think that our senior citizens, people that worked hard their entire life to provide for us, are being treated in such terrible ways.  It is unimaginable but it is true.  If you are reviewing health care options for your elderly relative investigate the nursing home before you decide to place them there.  Find out what their policies are on employing criminals and doing back ground checks.  Also find out what procedures they have in place to ensure proper care.  Even when you are satisfied with the facility make sure to drop by for impromptu inspections.  When family members are active there is a less chance of abuse by the nursing home.  Unfortunately nursing home abuse is occurring every day.  If you or someone you love has been a victim of this abuse contact us today.  At we specialize in nursing home abuse cases and will fight to get your loved one the justice they deserve.

For more information on nursing homes in Kentucky look here. For laws related to Kentucky nursing homes, look here.

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