There are a couple of options you can consider when it comes to caring for your elderly relatives. One of the most common solutions is a nursing home, but there are certain cons that you need to keep in mind. Nursing homes are (usually) safe, secure, and comfortable places that provide quality care for your elderly relatives, but it’s not always the case. Nursing home abuse is a real risk, and you need to make sure your loved one agrees that a nursing home is a good option in the first place.
How Common is Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse is rare, but it’s more common than you’d expect. And if there’s even a slim chance of your loved one suffering abuse or neglect, you should think twice about making a snap judgment about a nursing home. While a home might look clean and comfortable on the surface, there’s always a risk of danger or abuse right under the surface.
What Does Nursing Home Abuse Look Like?
Nursing home abuse is ugly. There’s always the risk of abusive staff being more overt with their behavior. This can manifest as hitting, or unreasonable restraints. In extreme cases, nursing home abuse can include sexual abuse or even death. In other cases, nursing home abuse can be much more subtle. Neglect, malnutrition, and isolation can all take a toll on an elderly relative’s health. Nursing homes aren’t all dangerous, but when they are, it can be serious. If you’re considering a nursing home, you should make sure you’ve looked at all of your other options beforehand.
Are There Any Alternatives to Nursing Homes?
Nursing homes aren’t your only option when it comes to caring for an elderly relative. In-home nursing care is available and can keep your loved one happy and healthy without having to move out or risk negligent nursing home staff. In-home nursing provides a happy balance between independence and safety, and your loved one may be more receptive to regular visits by an LPN rather than having to move to someplace new and completely unfamiliar.
When you have a loved one who is getting older, you may start getting a little anxious about how you’ll care for them. There are many options available for elderly relatives, but some are safer or more comfortable than others. Your loved one may insist on living by themselves for as long as possible, but unfortunately, it’s just not feasible in the long run.
If you want to keep your loved one happy and healthy, there’s a point at which you need to consider healthy alternatives to completely independent living. And while most of us like the thought of being able to care for our parents or other elderly relatives for as long as possible, we all have our own lives that need our attention and care as well: Our own children, spouses, and professional lives take up a lot of time that we could otherwise direct towards our elderly relatives.