At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., we have both legal and personal experience in dealing with nursing home neglect and elder abuse cases. In this clip, nursing home abuse attorney Mr. Charpentier gives some useful tips on how to select the proper nursing home or assisted living facility for your loved one.
Nursing Home abuse is another topic that is on the front burner in United States today. Having had some personal experience with a grandmother that spent a lot of time - many many years - in a nursing home and a mother who is presently in an assisted living facility that specializes in Alzheimer’s, I want to share some items with you. First of all, before you place a loved one in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, please, please investigate that facility. Investigate who works there, investigate who the residents are. How do you do that? Simply go there, go there and look around. Once you select a facility, continue to go, go at unexpected times, go unannounced. Visit your loved one constantly; share the love with the other family members, with other friends. Do not forget to do that. If you find yourself in a situation where you suspect nursing home abuse or assisted living facility abuse, report it immediately. If it appears to be a battery, if it appears to be an injury that has unexplained and the cause that unexplained, call the police. In Florida, we have nursing home facilities, which are skilled nursing centers. These centers provide hopefully the highest level of care to our loved ones that have the greatest needs. We also have assisted living facilities, which are those facilities that help people that cannot complete all of their daily living tasks such as dressing, feeding themselves, driving to the store, it is a bridge the gap situation when it comes to assisted living facilities. Sometimes what happens is people are not placed in a proper facility. I have had cases where instead of going to a nursing home facility, remember the one that has the highest skill level, a loved one was placed in the assisted living facility. What happens? The assisted living facility convinces the family they are the appropriate location that they can provide the appropriate services, when it is in fact it is not the case. So be careful that you ask the right questions. Ask the facility, what you can offer; what can you do for my loved one. But most importantly, what can you not do to my loved one.