It’s one of the most difficult decisions anyone with aging parents has to face. When is it time to seek the help of a senior care giver? Often, a tougher decision follows – the choice of an assisted living facility or nursing home.
American baby boomers are aging, and one-in-five U.S. residents are expected to be 65 and older by mid-century. The nursing home population is expected to increase 40 percent over the next decade.
All of this has not only economic impact on many that are just not prepared financially, but the psychological impact that comes with the challenge of finding a dependable facility for our parents or loved ones in their golden years.
Indiana and Illinois Get “F” Grades
Unfortunately, Indiana is ranked one of the worst states for good nursing home care. According to a nursing home ‘report card’ from last fall,*
- Indiana’s nursing home ranking climbed to #42, up from #49, but the state still scored a failing grade overall.
- Indiana nursing homes consistently underachieved, failing to score an above average grade in all but one reviewed measure.
- One in five Indiana nursing homes cited a severe deficiency, down five percent from the previous year.
- Health inspection scores were moderately better for Indiana’s nursing homes with 42 percent scoring above average on health inspections, a 10 percent increase over 2013.
- Indiana showed improvement in two critical regulatory measures, percentage of verified of ombudsman complaints and percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies.
- Indiana’s failing nursing home care ranked third overall in the Great Lakes region.
Illinois is not much better.
- Illinois’s nursing home care languished once again, maintaining a failing grade while the state’s ranking dropped from #42 to #44.
- Illinois nursing homes averaged less than 2 hours and 15 minutes of direct resident care per day despite a nominal increase in direct caregiver hours.
- One in four nursing Illinois nursing homes cited a severe deficiency.
- Illinois managed to score only one above average grade in any quality measure.
- Illinois’s failing nursing home care ranks next to last in the Great Lakes region states.
*Statistics from Families for Better Care, Inc. is a non-profit citizen advocacy group http://familiesforbettercare.com.
This is not to say that all of the nursing home facilities are bad.
There are many of them in our region that are of the highest quality and provide the love, medical care and compassion you would provide your own loved ones if you had the expertise.
Watch for the signs
Still, mistreatment of the elderly and others requiring the services of a nursing home is all too common.
The mistreatment runs in several different varieties, including:
Abuse – the infliction of physical, sexual, or emotional injury or harm
Neglect – the failure to provide services to an eligible adult by any person, firm or corporation with a legal or contractual duty to do so, when such failure presents either an imminent danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the client.
It’s important to watch for the signs of neglect or abuse. Some of them may include:
- Unexplained injuries such as bruises, bedsores or broken bones.
- Signs of sexual abuse.
- Rope marks on wrists, indicating restraint.
- Overdose of medication or failure to administer prescriptions.
- More depression anxiety and depression, and an unwillingness to talk about their care.
Report Nursing Home Abuse Immediately
If you suspect there is immediate danger, call 911.
Another source for help is The Indiana Attorney General’s Patient Abuse and Neglect program. It was created to protect vulnerable Hoosiers—patients in nursing homes, homes for the disabled, assisted living residences, homes for the mentally ill and other residential care facilities.
Finally, call us Theodoros & Rooth. We have over 110 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases, including abuse of our seniors.
Our team of dedicated attorneys will investigate your situation and will take immediate and aggressive action if we determine there has been mistreatment.
Taking care of you and your family with respect, understanding and compassion is part of what we do at Theodoros & Rooth.