As a caregiver, you want your elderly parent to receive the best possible care in a nursing home. This kind of care includes assistance with daily tasks like bathing, dressing and managing medications, as well as ensuring their living space is safe and sanitary. However, not all nursing homes can provide this level of care, which can be a sign of neglect. Among the 400,000 Californians who live in long-term care facilities each year, they must live in a proper, clean and safe environment.
Unfortunately, some nursing homes may fall short of providing this, which can be a sign of neglect.
Substandard living conditions
Nursing homes should keep a safe and sanitary living environment to support elderly residents’ health and well-being. Even walking freely or independently can be dangerous for those with certain conditions. Recognizing the warning signs that your parent may live in an unsafe home is crucial for their well-being. These signs include:
- Lack of proper heating or cooling
- Inadequate lighting
- Infestations of pests, such as rodents or insects
- Dirty or unkempt living spaces
- Mold or mildew growth
- Dirty or insufficient bedding and linens
These warning signs can have significant risks to the health of your elderly parent.
Effects on their health
Elderly individuals with complex medical needs require aid with their daily activities. Therefore, paying particular attention to their living conditions is essential to prevent risks to their health. They should not stay in a care facility with subpar conditions, which could harm their well-being. Unfortunately, harmful effects can often go unnoticed, including:
- Increased risk of respiratory problems
- Skin infections
- Fall-related injuries
When nursing homes don’t provide enough attention or care, the residents can become neglected. This neglect means that they aren’t getting the care and support they need, which can harm their well-being and cause psychological problems like depression or isolation.
Ultimately, families should be able to trust that their loved ones are receiving high-quality care. To ensure this, nursing homes have a duty to prevent unsafe living conditions that put your parent at risk. If you suspect that your loved one is living in an unsafe or unsanitary environment, you have a right to report the case and speak up for their well-being.