As the 2018 hurricane season nears its end, the need for adequate disaster preparedness at nursing homes continues to become more evident. News coverage highlights the plight of residents needing to evacuate and later returning to destroyed homes and possessions. This time last year, AARP pointed out how storms and inconsistent disaster preparedness surrounding these events lead to unnecessary deaths.
Over the past couple years, federal government organizations covering nursing home care have pledged to closely monitor and reduce antipsychotic usage. According to a 2018 Human Rights Watch report, related figures started to drop between 2011 and 2016, but off-label usage continues to persist.
When your loved one receives treatment in a nursing facility, you expect doctors to address the immediate or ongoing condition. What you don’t expect is for your parent, spouse or family member to receive an infection during the stay.
If your loved one is living in a nursing home and you notice bedsores, broken bones or other forms of abuse, you wonder how it happened. You did your research, regularly check in with staff and make frequent visits – how did your loved one end up injured? Although one or more employees may be involved, understaffing may be at the root of nursing home neglect or abuse.
When researching nursing homes for a loved one, you look for a place where he or she will be in good hands. A responsive staff, clean facilities and no reports of negligence or abuse are often at the top of the list. Yet, a recent report from WFAA in Dallas, Texas found that criminals are being hired to provide care at a significant percentage of state nursing facilities.