The decision to trust the care of an elderly loved one to a nursing home is probably one of the hardest decisions many have to make in life. Adding to the difficulty of the decision are the periodic reports in the news media of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be incredibly difficult and emotional. It involves entrusting the daily care and well-being of an already vulnerable person to unknown individuals in an unfamiliar environment. The elderly, particularly those suffering from disease or disability, require a special level of attention and care. When a family makes the decision that a relative should enter one of these facilities, it is expected that the care they receive ensures their health and safety, especially given the high prices some of these facilities charge. Anything but the highest standard of care for these individuals can lead to degenerative health, permanent disability, or even death. Unfortunately, for many, and their loved ones, this happens all too often, forcing them to bring a nursing home negligence case against those responsible.