There is no one indicator that tells you that your parent is ready for long-term care. It may be noticing that your parent has neglected hygiene issues, failed to buy food or eat on a regular basis, wandered away from home, failed to take medication as ordered, or has fallen and is no longer able to remain in his or her home alone. Whatever the case may be, signs such as these situations may indicate that it is time to consider a safer environment for your parent outside of his or her home. This move may be to your own home, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or a community-based residential facility. No matter which option you choose, you should take certain precautions in order to ensure that your parent is safe and free from abuse or neglect by caregivers, as well as living in the most appropriate and least restrictive care environment.
First, open a discussion with both your parent and anyone else who should have input into the decision, such as other adult siblings or your parent’s spouse. You will need to consider a number of different factors in making your decision, including available finances, level of support and nursing care needed by your parent, changes in lifestyle, and services that your parent wants or needs.
In considering the type of care necessary, you will have to evaluate whether your parent needs 24-hour skilled nursing care, occasional assistance by a visiting caregiver, help with activities of daily living on a frequent basis, and/or 24-hour supervision. The extent to which your parent needs assistance will help determine what living situation is best and most appropriate for him or her.
The nursing home abuse lawyers of Boller & Vaughan pride themselves on advocating on behalf of clients who suffer injuries at the hands of their caregivers, no matter whether those injuries from result from abuse or neglect in any type of long-term care facility. We can seek compensation for you through the legal claim process, while you and your family can concentrate on healing, recovering from any trauma that you might have experienced, and moving on with your life. Don’t hesitate to call our office today and learn how we can help.