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A senior couple sitting on a couch in their home, talking with a nurse in blue scrubs who is taking notes during a visit.There are many reasons that people seek alternatives to nursing homes for their senior parents or loved ones, including the cost of services or the fact that your loved one might need more specialized, individual care that a nursing home cannot provide. Additionally, it’s important to note that cases of negligence in nursing homes are unfortunately not uncommon.

Finding a safe, comfortable environment with adequate care and clear protections for your aging family members can be challenging. Other options for senior care could include any of the following explored further below.

Home Care

Many families face the undesirable decision to place a loved one in a caregiving facility to ensure they receive the assistance they require in a safe environment.

However, choosing the best place can be challenging, as is knowing if the facility has faced ongoing citations and violations from inspectors and formal complaints.

Understanding what agency regulates an assisted living facility is crucial before deciding to place a loved one under their care.

You could file a civil lawsuit against the assisted living facility, administrators, employees, visitors, or other residents based on negligence if their negligent behavior led to someone’s injuries.

In most incidents, the assisted living facility or nursing home could be held legally and financially accountable for a resident’s injuries or death.

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Bed sores are often the result of localized skin damage when prolonged pressure from an external surface compresses against a bony prominence.

Common areas for bed sores include the back of the head, shoulder blades, shoulders, elbows, tailbone, hipbones, back of the knees, ankles, toes, and most commonly, the heels and sacrum.

Areas Where Bed Sores Form

Most common areas of the body for pressure sores.

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According to the National Institutes of Health, sepsis and septic shock claimed more individuals’ lives every year than heart attacks, breast cancer, and lung cancer. Older adults are more likely to develop sepsis, especially those with comorbidities, existing infections, or decubitus ulcers.

According to reports by long-term care ombudsmen in America, assisted living facility evictions are in the top ten of all grievances they receive each year. In many cases, family members have little to do about an eviction taking a mother, father, or grandparent out of an assisted living center.

Most states regulate and govern how assisted living centers handle their evictions with flexible laws that tend the side with residential care businesses and memory care facilities over the resident. However, there are remedies for patients with Alzheimer’s disease who have suffered at the facility staff or caregivers’ hands.

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Nursing Homes versus Assisted Living
Many people mistake a nursing home with an assisted living facility. The two have different levels of care and different treatment in the eyes of the law. Assisted living communities will generally take healthier people who need some extra help and monitoring while nursing homes are for the seriously ill.

Nonetheless, you have the ability to sue nursing homes and senior living communities when they have been negligent and harmed your loved one. Just because the laws of assisted living are not as detailed does not mean that they do not owe your loved one the duty of care.

The Different Legal Definitions of a Nursing Home and an Assisted Living Facility

sedentary patients have higher risks of developing bed soresDecubitus Ulcer is derived from the Latin term which means “to lay down.” These ulcers can occur in the form of an open skin wound that cold penetrate the surrounding tissues including the muscle and bone. They are most likely to occur in the case of people who have restricted mobility or those who have been bedridden or immovable for a long period. It is most likely to occur to patients admitted to nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities.

When someone remains in the same position for a longer period without getting any pressure relief, the blood supply can slow down leading to the development of decubitus ulcer. If the nursing home staff attending to the patient does not identify and treat the decubitus ulcer, the small ulcer can soon turn into a large and open wound with grave medical complications and even lead to death.

Even though decubitus ulcers can affect any individual who has limited mobility, it is most likely to occur in patients admitted to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals. However, most of the time it is attributed by the staff as a part of patients’ aging process, which is an incorrect and erroneous impression created on the mind of the patients and their relatives.

Nurses who are Underpaid who Continue to Take Care of Nursing Home PatientsFor years, a crisis has been brewing in the nursing home industry where certified nursing assistants have received low wages and poor/no benefits while providing care to their residents. Many of these nursing assistant jobs require the employee to work erratic hourly schedules for poor benefits, little pay, and usually no opportunity to advance in their career. These jobs have been associated with high injury rates and high turnover.

Approximately 50% of all nursing assistants in the United States live well below the federal poverty level. Low pay often results in the need to work longer hours, which could cause fatigue and place the resident’s health in danger. The problem with underpaying and understaffing is likely to increase significantly in the years ahead, as the last of the baby boomers enter their retirement years, and the need for additional nursing home beds rises.

According to the US Bureau of Labor, the number of nursing home workers across America has doubled over the last decade with many more jobs likely available by 2024. Statistics show that the population of Americans over 85 years old will likely be doubled by 2030 where most will require some level of professional skilled nursing care at a facility or in their home.