With the life expectancy rate getting longer, more elderly persons are having to stay at assisted living facilities. In 2007 alone, 975 people resided in 38,000 US nursing homes in 2007. In 2030, there will likely be71.5 million seniors in the over 65 age group occupying this planet.
Our Charlotte, North Carolina nursing home neglect and abuse law firm knows that deciding if and where you should allow your loved one to live is a very important decision. Not only do you want to make sure that your family receives the proper nursing care, but also, it is imperative that he/she does not become the victim of nursing home abuse, neglect, sexual assault, elder financial abuse, or patient violence. You also want to make sure that your loved one feels as safe and content as he/she can be when living at a nursing home.
According to US News & World Report, that when looking for the right nursing home you need to consider:
• Choose an assisted living facility that is located in a place that allows your loved one to still feel connected to his/her community.
• Make sure that the nursing home can provide the type of medical and nursing care your loved one needs.
• Choose a facility that is licensed and meets the state’s nursing home standards and requirements
• Get recommendations from friends and do your research before choosing a place.
• Visit the nursing home more than once. Check out life at the facility during the day and at night.
• Talk to residents that are living at the nursing home now and ask them about the staff, the food, security, and whether or not they are satisfied with their experience.
US News Offers Nine Thoughts to Consider When Looking for a Nursing Home, US News, May 27, 2010
Related Web Resources:
North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
May is Older Americans Month, Administration on Aging