Finding the Best Nursing Home to Save Your Loved Ones from Abuses

There are about 16,000 nursing home facilities (15,465 of which are certified) in the United States that provide care to more than 3.3 million senior citizens and people needing rehabilitation. Despite this big number of facilities, it can be hard to find the right one for your aging parents or grandparents due to the widespread reports about nursing home abuse committed against elders.

A move by the federal government in coming up with a list of the best nursing home facilities in the US is a great help to many American families, making the search faster and a lot easier. When looking for a facility, families usually look for one that is accessible to the family, provides a supportive environment, is affordable and, most importantly, ensures the best care, especially to those with ailments. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, on the other hand, when rating a nursing home facility, bases its evaluation on factors, such as quality of care, number of certified nurses and nurse aids, and results of health inspections which are conducted by the state.

A five-star rating is the highest mark a good nursing home facility would earn and as of January 2013 about 3,036 nursing homes have been given this rate by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The actual number of facilities given a five-star rating and the specific states where these are located are Georgia (59 five-star nursing homes), Virginia (60), Connecticut (64), North Carolina (69), Kansas (78), Missouri (78), Minnesota (79), New Jersey (85), Indiana (87), Michigan (87), Wisconsin (100), Iowa (103), Massachusetts (111), New York (116), Texas (130), Ohio (137), Florida (141), Illinois (156), Pennsylvania (160), California (312).

The kinds of abuses suffered by nursing home residents are physical, emotional, sexual and financial. The usual perpetrators of the abuses are the facilities’ employees themselves, most of whom are overworked due to the number of elders they need to assist daily. Though overworked, the law does not give them any excuse, even warning them of a possible charge of felony if found guilty.

An injury that an elder cannot or refuses to explain about or a sudden change in a resident’s behavior can be signs that he/she is experiencing abuses from the hands of his/her caretaker or from other co-residents through the influence of caretakers. So many abuses remain unreported because the abused are not willing to talk. Being more sensitive to the changes in your loved one’s behavior or disposition will surely help bring to the open any cruel act committed against them.

If you believe that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, contact a nursing home abuse attorney today. They will be able to help guide you through the process as they have lots of experience in this area.

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