When families move a loved one into a long-term care facility, they are entrusting the home to provide proper support for their loved one. While these transfers happen every day, they are not easy. Many emotions are tied up in the transfer, and most families would prefer to care for a loved one at home–if they could. Trusting a facility to ensure your family member–husband, wife, mother, father, grandmother–is not neglected is a big step that no family undertakes lightly. That is why reading nursing home ratings, visiting the home, speaking with current residents, and other basic steps are incredibly helpful to ensure you are making the best choice.
Yet, no matter how much due diligence is performed, there comes a point when you simply must trust the facility to do the right thing. More specifically, you must trust the individual employees who work at the home. There are few settings where one individual maintains more power over another as that involving vulnerable seniors in nursing homes and their caregivers. That is why it is incumbent upon owners and operators of these facilities to ensure they recruit only qualified nurses, aides, guards, and others so that residents are not placed at risk.
Far too often, they fail in that duty.