You place your mother in a nursing home under the impression that she'd be cared for at all times. Now, you discover that she is ill and continues to suffer from injuries. That's unusual, especially because she was doing fine before. With the additional care, you expect that she lives a healthier life, not one fraught with injuries.
Making the decision to go into a nursing home or to encourage a parent or grandparent to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility isn't always an easy one. When it is made, there is an assumption that the resident will be able to receive a level of care that they and their family are not able to consistently provide on their own. The state of New Jersey has strict requirements on who can be licensed to operate a nursing home, who is allowed to work in these facilities and the types of services that seniors or disabled individuals should receive when they are living there. Several public and private agencies are responsible for helping the facilities maintain their operations by issuing licenses, imposing regulations, inspecting periodically and responding to complaints. These include:
Placing a loved one in a nursing home facility can be a difficult decision for any family to make. However, when an aging relative can no longer safely care for him or herself, it is necessary. Family members often take solace in the knowledge that their loved one is being well cared for by trained professionals. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens. There are times when safety and care regulations are not met by a facility or by some employees of a facility and as a result, the occupants suffer mistreatment, neglect or abuse.