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Maybe you have struggled to assist an aging family member in remaining independent for as long as possible. You may have had to overcome their initial, often stubborn, resistance to getting help. However, you’ve arrived at a place and time where you need to reach out for help in dealing with their needs, so you locate a licensed assisted living facility, nursing home, or find someone to help the family member in their home and you are finally moving forward.
You may breathe a sigh of relief that whoever you have trusted will value the life, safety, dignity and well-being of your family member.
Unfortunately, elderly people are all-too-frequently the victims of abuse perpetrated by the very people employed to take care of them.
The abuse may take the form of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, theft, exploitation, or exertion of undue influence.
When you evaluating caregivers or care facilities, it’s important to consider the following factors:
- Be aware that assisted living facilities and nursing homes are governed and licensed by federal, state and local laws and regulations. They all are required to meet minimum standards for things such as cleanliness, caregiver-to-resident ratios and safety. These legal, regulatory and licensure provisions are designed to help assure that assisted living and nursing home facilities are safe for their residents. However, inspections by state and local inspections may occur infrequently. Only annually. Additionally, regulatory violations may not be immediately protected and enforced. In Georgia, facilities are licensed by the Offices of Human Resources Office of Regulatory Services. Then, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Georgia Department of Community Health certify and reimburse nursing homes participating in Medicare and/or Medicaid programs.
- You can generally find state reports on assisted living and nursing home facilities online. In Georgia, the Office of Human Resources Office of Regulatory Services lists facilities with deficiencies and the actions taken to remedy the. Take advantage of these free resources. Often, a simple Google search on facilities you are considering reveals helpful information that can assist you in making a good choice or avoiding a disaster!
- Ask to see the facilities policies and procedures. Does all new staff receive the policies and procedures and are they trained on them immediately? Are the policies and procedures actually followed? How many “strikes” does an employee get before they are terminated?
- If you are hiring an individual to care for your loved-one in their home, run a background screen and check at least three references. If the individual states that they are licensed as a nurse, check their licensure statutes.
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Now that you have located the facility or individual to care for your loved one, be alert to any signs of abuse. These include
- Missing possessions, including eyeglasses or hearing aids.
- Mental deterioration.
- Lack of hygiene
- Uncharacteristic behavior.
- Lack of interest in socializing.
- Large withdrawals from bank accounts.
Following these tips will help you protect your elderly loved one from potentially dangerous situations and assure that your loved-one is treated with the dignity and care that they deserve
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