It’s a sad fact that elder abuse occurs in all types of environments. Care homes and nursing homes are not exempt. Unfortunately, studies have shown that older persons who live in community settings, such as nursing homes, are abused more often than older persons living in other settings. More than three million older Americans currently live in nursing homes in the country.
Finding a Care Facility
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is one of the most difficult things a family can do. In making that decision, we trust and assume that caregivers will treat our loved ones with compassion, quality care, and dignity.
With Arizona’s large elder population, there is a high demand for care. There are different types of elder care such as independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing homes. Each has varying levels of care based on the needs of the individual. Choosing a care facility is a daunting task. There are resources available to help you decide on the right place.
Unfortunately, some companies come to places like Arizona, setting up poorly staffed facilities primarily to make money. Entities may provide low quality, substandard care to maximize profits. The ratio of caregivers to patients may be low, which can lead to lapses in care.
Questions To Ask
Here are some things to consider when looking at facilities for your loved one. Ask the facility what the caregiver to patient ratio is; a skilled nursing facility will have a higher ratio than an assisted living facility. Ask if there are fewer caregivers at night, which can happen. How about their staff turnover? High staff turnover is a red flag.
If possible, ask for referrals from friends and family. See if they can recommend a facility in your area.
Arizona has created progressive laws designed to protect the elderly population.
Visit the page for the State of Arizona’s Aging and Adult services division for helpful information.
How We Can Help
If you’re concerned about a possible neglect or abuse situation in a care facility, contact the Leader Law Firm to schedule a free, confidential evaluation of your case. We have settled numerous nursing home abuse cases and would be glad to look at yours. We can discuss your case, answer your questions and help determine if you should pursue legal action.
Additional Resource: Pima Council On Aging