Elder Abuse – Protecting Your Parents at Home Or in a Nursing Home

I consider myself lucky to live where I live. It’s in a “55 +” community. I’ve come to realize that it’s a new euphemism for “not quite ready for assisted living.” Most of the occupants of the hundred and twenty apartments in my building either have home health care or are getting ready for it. Probably 20% of them are on oxygen.

Our seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States. The number of assisted living, nursing homes and what other things you want to call them is skyrocketing. Here in Colorado Springs it feels like a new one is going up every week and a waiting list to get in.find more info on this.

There are other options. Home healthcare is absolutely huge. The demand for home healthcare and the demand for staff at assisted living facilities have placed a huge shortage on work and I mean skilled labor. You don’t want to leave your parents’ care to some teenager or even some unqualified adult.

The shortage of qualified labor as part of the reason why there are so many problems with the abuse of the elderly in home health care, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It has been estimated that as many as 40% of all these facilities report some kind of abuse of the elderly. This abuse can come in many ways: from verbal abuse; psychological abuse; and God helps us.

The dilemma, of course, is what can you do to protect your parents at home or in a nursing home? It starts at the beginning by picking up a good quality place. Quality usually means cost. As in anything else, the better the quality the more expensive it is. Most people can’t afford the $8-$10,000 a month commands a halfway decent care facility.

One of the best ways to protect your folks is by using a hidden spy camera. These are simply board cameras mounted inside a common household item. The newest ones have DVR’s in them are activated by motion and are run by a remote control device. Although they are very effective, they have traditionally been expensive enough to put them out of reach of many.