in Nursing Home Neglect
There may come a time in our lives when we have to entrust our own care, or the care of our elders, to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Most nurses in these facilities provide skilled and conscientious care. Unfortunately, due to homes that put "profits over people," our trust in these homes and the ability of nurses to "do their job" is compromised, and patient care is affected.
Historically, nursing homes were small family businesses, not unlike the local
stationary store, drug store, or sporting goods store. Just as Staples/Office Depot,
CVS/Eckert/Walgreens, and Sports Authority/Dick's have replaced the local
merchant, mega corporations like CareOne, Regent Care, Manor Care, Sunrise, and
Kindred, to name a few, have replaced the local family run nursing home.
We have seen how the customer service has been affected at the drug store,
stationary store, and sporting goods store. At the nursing home or assisted living
facility, many of the changes, or dangers, aren't as apparent. Before you allow
yourself or a loved one to be transferred or move into a nursing home or assisted
living facility, investigate the home.
Visit the US Government Nursing Home Compare website , ask friends and family,
and when you speak to people affiliated with the home or the transferring facility,
don't be afraid to ask tough questions:
None of us ever want to end up in a nursing home or assisted living facility. We
want to stay healthy, and remain at home. However, if we ever have to spend time at
one of these places, we want it to be safe, secure, and well staffed. Is that too much
- How did your home do at its last inspection?
- Are you currently advertising for help?
- Do you have any other patients with _______ condition?
- Have you had any incidents where patients wandered from the grounds?
- How many lawsuits are there currently against the facility?
- Do you run criminal background checks on new employees?
- Do you run follow up checks on existing employees?