Many people have found themselves making a difficult decision regarding the care of an elderly loved one. As we get older, our physical and mental capabilities start to decline and the need for increased or constant care may be inevitable. It can certainly be a difficult decision regarding whether or not a loved one should be placed in a care facility, but it is something that many people across Tennessee deal with every day.
Families across the Tennessee often have to make some difficult decisions when it comes to taking care of elderly loved ones. There are many people who would like to have the time, resources and medical expertise to care for an elderly family member themselves, but more often than not, this is not possible. It can then become necessary to find a suitable care facility that can take on these tasks.
The family of an 82-year-old woman whose bedsores contributed to her death is suing the assisted-living home in which she lived. The family has charged the company that owns and operates numerous facilities with elderly abuse and wrongful death. People in Tennessee and others throughout the U.S. should be aware of the reality of nursing home neglect so that they may advocate for loved ones living in the facilities.
Families often have to make some difficult decisions when it comes to the care of our elderly loved ones. Often, it can be impossible for family members to provide the level of care needed on their own, so they must weigh the options of whether a nursing home facility is the best solution. We hope and expect that our loved ones will be treated with care and dignity, but the reality is that some facilities fall very short of these expectations.
The family members of one woman who lived in a nursing home were utterly disgusted when they learned that the woman had to have 57 maggots removed from her left ear. What level of care was the 92-year-old woman receiving (or not receiving) if this situation was allowed to not only happen, but to persist for days? Looking for answers to this question and others, the family has recently filed a lawsuit against the facility for nursing home neglect.
One of the most difficult decisions that Tennessee families may have to make is whether, and when, they need to consider placing an older loved one in a nursing home. Families worry about their health and happiness, and many ultimately decide that the environment and medical care that is promised at many nursing homes may be the best solution for an elderly or sick family member.
Regular hand washing is one of the most important things nursing home staff can do to keep patients healthy and safe. Sadly, research shows that many staff members are leaving out this important step before caring for their patients. This development puts patients at risk for infections, which, in many cases, may be life threatening.
Many seniors wind up in nursing homes because they have Alzheimer's or dementia and can no longer care for themselves. Unfortunately, too many of these vulnerable patients end up being mistreated by their caregivers.
The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. Sometimes, though, the complexities of illness and age require a level of care that the average person cannot provide on his or her own. According to AARP, two-thirds of Americans over age 65 will need nursing home care at some point during their lives.