When an aging parent or loved one requires additional help to maintain their regular routines, families are faced with the difficult decision of how to provide care. For many families, a residential nursing facility (also referred to as a nursing home or long-term care center) seems to be the only option; one that is not necessarily favored by adult children.
Despite regulations by state and federal government agencies, abuse and neglect is a major concern at nursing facilities, a problem that affects the health, safety and well being of the aging population. Today, we’re going to take a look into some of the statistics that highlight this issue at nursing homes locally and across the nation.
A Statistical Analysis
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, of the Administration on Aging, almost 50% of nursing home residents have reported some type of physical abuse, neglect or exploitation. This same publication also points to the fact that 95% of residents have reported witnessing the abuse, neglect or exploitation of another resident in a study conducted in 2000.
Here in Sonoma County, county officials say reports of abuse of the elderly have surged 44 percent in eight years to more than 3,000 every year. And unfortunately, it does not stop here. Many cases may go unreported due to fear of retaliation from those who are actually providing the care for the senior.
Facility Abuse Defined
Many families are shocked to learn about the type and definition of facility abuse and neglect. Neglect is not limited to bed sores from inadequate care or an employee being “rough” with mom or dad. Physical abuse such as hitting, slapping or shoving residents is only the tip of the iceberg, as some actions have resulted in debilitating injuries and even death. Sexual and mental/emotional mistreatment also falls within the umbrella of abuse, as well as the withholding of needed services or medications.
Alternatives for Concerned Families
Abuse and neglect is a huge problem fueled by inadequate staffing and lack of proper training, making it of the utmost importance to find support services for seniors that ensure quality of caregivers and one-to-one care services.
In-home care is emerging as a popular alternative for support for seniors across the nation. Reliable home care agencies in Sonoma County screen caregivers for work experience and criminal history, and agencies like Home Care Assistance also provide advanced training to caregivers to ensure quality of care and that all care is in line with the most up-to-date practices.
About Home Care Assistance Sonoma County
Home Care Assistance is a trusted and premier provider of hourly and live-in care in Sonoma County. With hourly care, seniors can receive minimal help on a schedule that meets their individual needs, while live-in care offers a comprehensive alternative to assisted living that promotes healthy living, socialization and independence for the senior. At Home Care Assistance Sonoma County, we also understand families’ concern regarding quality of care. This is why all care is overseen by a professional Care Manager, an individual who is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. This individual will also conduct regular quality assurance visits, ensuring that the most appropriate level of care is being provided by a trained caregiver.
Protect your aging loved one and provide them with the care they need and deserve. Call 707-843-4368 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation assessment today.