The nursing home industry is one that is experiencing growth right now, since many aging Americans from the "baby boom" generation are beginning to retire and some decide to enter into nursing homes and assisted living facilities. With the boom in patients, nursing home are either hiring more attendants or giving attendants longer work hours. Unfortunately, nursing homes also have a high turnover rate for employees.
Nursing homes are a pretty ubiquitous feature of most cities and populated areas. Although many people know generally what nursing homes are like and what features they have, some do not know the many varieties within these facilities. All nursing homes are not created equal and there is a wide variance in layout, amenities, features, and programs.
Did you know that you could potentially be responsible for your parent's unpaid nursing home and assisted living bills? This may be a scary thought, but in many states with filial support laws, many families are faced with this problem.
Recently, a Philadelphia-area nursing home is under fire for supposedly contributing to a wrongful death case. The death, which is thought to be due negligence on the part of the nursing home staff, came after a series of illnesses which affected an elderly woman in the home's case. The wrongful death lawsuit claims that the resident needed 24 hour care, due to a history of trouble walking, dementia, and other issues. However, she was still was often found on her floor in her bedroom of the nursing home unattended, and it was clear that she had fallen. Eventually, the resident had a fall that was so severe that she had to go to the emergency room. Upon returning to the nursing home, she was placed in hospice care and passed away about two months after her accident.
A recent article by Caring.com spoke about ways to keep loved ones out of nursing homes. Many families who would like to receive help for their relatives are financially strained and cannot afford a nursing home. For these families, the care of a loved one can cause undue stress and tension. Caring.com addressed this issue by offering many tips on creative financial ways to help take care of elderly relatives or friends. According to the article, some of the tips include:
It is not uncommon for elderly nursing home residents to be in poor health or in need of medical assistance. In some of these situations, an emergency room visit may be essential for that patient. However, an emergency room visit may also lead to infection in the nursing home later on.
In Mifflin County, a personal care home is currently the subject of a civil lawsuit. According to the news report, the Meadowview Manor home failed to keep the facility up to safe living standards, as well engaging in some financially questionable practices. The home, which housed more than 30 residents, is under fire for failing to provide adequate heat for its residents in the cold, maintain a working sewer and electrical system, keep smoke detectors running, and generally provide safe and sanitary conditions. To learn more, please click the link at the bottom of this post.
A Pennsylvania nursing home is under increased scrutiny after receiving complaints cockroaches, filthy conditions, and verbal abuse. According to a news report published by ABC27, a Columbia, PA nursing home called Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is providing substandard living conditions for its residents. Former employees complained to supervisors about masses of cockroaches in the kitchens, among other problems. After one employee was fired for speaking out, she posted a video on Facebook to show the conditions and warn the community about the problems. Former employees stated that they felt like the nursing home residents were not safe and were not being treated as human beings. At that same time, the nursing home was found out of compliance eight times in the period of one year, including allegations of maggots and dirty wheelchairs.
Sometimes, audits bring up things you would never believe. According to TribLive.com, an auditor for the Pennsylvania Department of Health discovered that the department refused to accept anonymous complaints against nursing homes for almost three years. Halting these complaints violates federal policy, and also potentially puts many elderly residents into harm's way. There was no rationale discovered for halting these reports. According to the TribLive article, "Complaints increased 63 percent after the agency rescinded the policy of not accepting anonymous complaints, the audit said." Many other interesting facts were discovered in the audit, including not enforcing certain laws requiring a set number of direct nursing services for residents each day.