Protect Your Aging Parents from Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Want to protect your aging parent or loved one from nursing home abuse and neglect? Don’t count on a facility’s promises that all their employees are screened, trained and supervised. In too many care facilities, incidents of self-reported elder abuse fall short of official “zero tolerance” policy.

Outsourcing the day-to-day care of an aging parent is one thing. But trusting each and every nursing home employee to treat your parent as you would is not realistic.

A survey of nursing home citations (not even counting adult home care facilities) showed that 96% of them had been cited for violations of the Medicare and Medicaid rules for operation.  You can be sure that lots of those violations concerned health and safety of the residents.

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There’s just no getting around it: Ultimately, it’s still up to YOU to make sure your parent or loved one is safe.

The easiest way to start is to have family members visit often — daily it at all possible. Take a small notebook with you. Write down the the names of every person who has anything to do with your aging parent.

Be observant. If your parent has any bruises or bandages, ask your parent if they know why. Then ask a caregiver. If you don’t like the answers, or even SUSPECT something is wrong, notify the shift supervisor AND the Director of Nursing. Don’t assume your concerns will be reported. Make sure they are.

Don’t apologize for being persistent. Your job is to make sure your loved one is well cared for — and to let the nursing home staff know you take your job seriously.