Assisted living facilities and home healthcare providers have a duty to provide safe and adequate care to their residents and patients.
If you’re considering home healthcare or an assisted living facility for you or your loved one, learn what each option offers in terms of care below. You should also know what to be on the lookout so that you can protect your aging loved one from abuse at the hands of others.
If your loved one has been the victim of negligence, neglect, or abuse in an assisted living facility or by a nurse who comes to your home, the injury attorneys at Boller & Vaughan LLC can help. Contact our Madison office by calling (608) 268-0268.
What is an Assisted Living Facility?
Assisted living facilities are a type of housing designed for people who need a variety of long-term care services. The facilities might be freestanding communities, independent housing complexes, or part of retirement communities.
Assisted living facilities typically provide a combination of housing, healthcare, and personal care. They’re also designed to promote an individual’s independence.
An assisted living facility may provide services such as:
- Daily meals
- Monitored medication
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Assistance with bathing and/or dressing
- Emergency care
- Social and recreational activities
- Medical services
Because assisted living facilities commonly serve residents (often seniors) with certain medical conditions, they’re usually near to or integrated with hospitals or nursing homes in order to provide convenient medical services.
If a resident’s needs change, they may even need to be moved to the community’s nursing home if it’s better equipped to provide the necessary level of care.
The Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes
Assisted living facilities can sometimes be confused with nursing homes. Both facilities aim to keep their residents safe, healthy, and happy.
However, nursing homes typically provide more complex medical services and frequent monitoring of their patients.
Assisted living facilities may not provide the same level of supervision and care that nursing homes do, but they’re still required to maintain a safe, healthy, and responsive environment for their residents. Assisted living facilities should have:
- Appropriately trained staff on hand
- A hazard-free and secure environment that’s easy to walk and navigate
- Carefully supervised medication services
- Healthy meals and snacks
- Doctors, nurses, and staff members available for emergencies
Unfortunately, though, not all assisted living facilities are perfect, and neglect or abuse can sometimes occur. If you suspect your loved one has suffered from neglect or abuse in their assisted living facility, speak to a nursing home abuse attorney immediately.
What is Home Healthcare?
Sometimes, having a nurse come to your home to provide care is often the ideal solution for your situation. Home healthcare typically encompasses care by a trained healthcare professional or skilled nurse.
Rather than face the stress of moving to a nursing home or other new facility, home healthcare allows your loved one to stay in the comfort of their home for as long as possible. It also helps elders live independently as long as possible, even with illness, chronic conditions, or injuries.
Home healthcare services might include:
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Skilled nursing
- Pain management
- Monitored medication
- Help with walking, bathing, dressing, or eating
- Housekeeping or cooking
Home healthcare is different from home care services. Home care services are usually non-medical in nature; they include personal grooming, housekeeping, or personal assistance.
Non-medical home care services don’t need to be administered by trained professionals. Home healthcare may include some home care services like laundry or cleaning, but the primary goal is to offer medical services. Home healthcare professionals are usually licensed nurses, therapists, or health aides.
While home healthcare can help patients find comfort in their own homes and reduce the number of visits to hospitals, they can also turn into opportunities for neglect or abuse.
If proper background checks aren’t done, or if a home healthcare professional isn’t adequately trained and certified, a patient can suffer. In some cases, abuse can even come in the form of elder theft or coercing the patient to give away money or property.
Call Boller & Vaughan if you suspect neglect or abuse
We understand that dealing with nursing home abuse can be scary, and you may be hesitant to contact an attorney because you feel you can’t afford legal representation. Your initial consultation with our nursing home abuse lawyers is free of charge.
If we take your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. Contact Boller & Vaughan today to get started.