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Finding the best nuring home for your loved one

If you have come to the point where you must put your loved one in a nursing home facility, it has probably been a tough decision. With all the news about nursing home neglect and abuse, it can be very scary. Now that the time has come, how do you find the best home for your loved one?

Instead of looking for the best nursing home facility, first place your focus on avoiding a "bad" one. The quality of care is the most important factor in determining a good or bad nursing home. Unfortunately, quality of care usually goes hand-in-hand with the number of staff employed at the home, and sometimes the quality of staff.

Hip fractures are serious in elderly patients

Elderly residents who are in a nursing home are at risk of several things. Falls are one of the possible hazards they face. While it is possible for a nursing home resident to fall without suffering from any injuries, it is also possible that he or she will suffer from a hip fracture. Hip fractures pose unique problems in the elderly because these fractures occur in the hip joint, can require surgery and might lead to serious complications.

One of the risks for hip fractures is age. This is because older people are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis. When the hip is fractured, the treatment usually involves having to have a difficult surgery. In some cases, a hip replacement is necessary.

Recognizing risks and stopping elder abuse

The elders in our society, who have lived, loved and struggled through life, just as most of us are now doing, deserve to be taken care of and treated with respect and dignity in their remaining years. It is unfathomable and disgraceful to imagine an elderly person being abused. But it happens nevertheless for many reasons. We can help stop this abuse by knowing the risks, reporting it and holding those accountable who are responsible.

While many nursing homes are intent upon providing good care to their residents, that is often not the case due to a number of factors. If you have a loved one in a nursing home facility or are considering one, here are three risk factors to consider:

Nursing home residents might suffer from emotional issues

Nursing home residents face a difficult journey in all nursing homes. They have to give up their independence and move into a strange new place. They put their trust in the nursing home workers who are charged with their care. In most cases, these residents are well cared for, but they might still have some emotional struggles to deal with while they are in the facility. In other cases, they might be subjected to emotional abuse, which makes a hard situation even more difficult.

We know that you don't want your loved one to suffer the emotional turmoil that might make them grow to dislike the nursing home. If your loved one is receiving good care, he or she might need time to adjust. In some cases, your loved one might need some companionship in the nursing home. Since pets aren't allowed in most nursing homes, residents might turn to stuffed animals or life-like robotic pets for companionship.

Elderly abuse victims in private homes

Elderly abuse does not just occur in nursing homes or other elder care facilities; it occurs in private homes as well. The difference -- the elder abuse victim in a private home is less likely to have an advocate because the abuse is often a family member or single caregiver.

In a private home, an older person may be helpless and seldom see other people outside of the home. They may be completely controlled by their caregiver. This makes discovery of abuse extremely difficult.

What should I know about dehydration in nursing home residents?

Elderly nursing home residents are at risk of becoming dehydrated. As a person ages, there are several factors that can affect a person's ability to remain hydrated. It is vital that all nursing home residents, regardless of their medical conditions, be properly monitored for signs of dehydration. There is the possibility that dehydration can lead to death if it isn't treated properly.

What are some signs of dehydration?

What should I do if I suspect elder abuse?

Whether you or your elderly loved one is in a nursing home care facility or in a private home, no one has the right to take advantage of an elderly person. Elder abuse is against the law -- whether it is financial or property abuse, scamming or fraud, physical or mental abuse, or neglect from a paid caregiver. If you suspect elder abuse, what should you do?

The first thing to do is to report it. If you believe you or your loved ones are in immediate danger, don't hesitate to call 911 or your local police. If there appears to be no immediate danger, the alleged abuse should be reported to the Adult Protection Services for investigation. You can obtain the APS phone number for your locale by visiting the Eldercare Locator website or by calling 1-800-677-1116.

Put an end to nursing home abuse and neglect right now

Nursing home abuse and neglect are horrible situations for any nursing home resident to have to endure. These elderly residents put their trust in the nursing home staff, but some staff members choose to break that trust. Those residents can suffer more than just physical injuries in these nursing home abuse and neglect cases.

We don't want to think about anyone in a nursing home having to deal with nursing home abuse or neglect. Physical injuries, emotional devastation, financial impacts and other injuries are all possible when nursing home abuse or neglect occurs.

Another California nursing home under fire

Another nursing home in California is being accused of elderly neglect, abuse and fraud. This nursing home, Vale Healthcare Center, is located in San Pablo. It is one of 19 health care facilities owned by Mariner Health Care.

The most current allegations against the facility are from the family of an 85-year-old woman who died after falling and breaking her hip. The family filed a lawsuit last month claiming that they were not immediately notified about the incident, and that the staff waited until the next day before transferring her to the hospital. She died a month later, due to what the family alleges was directly related to the improper care provided by the nursing home staff.

Tips for making the transition into a nursing home easier

For elderly people, having to leave their home to move into a nursing home is a big transition. That transition is often met with a great deal of worry and stress. It is important that the transition is made as easy as possible for the elderly resident and other family members. One way to ease the transition is to ensure the nursing facility that the person is moving into is one that meets his or her needs.

Even though most people don't like to think about their loved one needing some extra help with daily activities, that is often one factor that can lead a person toward nursing home care. Nursing homes provide residents with meals, help with dressing, taking care of toileting needs and daily care tasks. In some cases, mental health decline is the deciding factor that often necessitates nursing home care.

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