When elderly loved ones reach a certain age, living alone can present certain problems. In order to prevent undue harm, many of us turn to elder care facilities where our loved ones can live out their lives under the care and supervision of compassionate professionals.
The most notable examples of such facilities are nursing homes and assisted living facilities. While the two are often confused, or mistakenly thought to be the same, they’re actually very different.
Medical Care In Assisted Living Facilities
Unlike nursing homes, which offer constant care, supervision, and attention from medical professionals like doctors and nurses, assisted living facilities generally do not provide extensive medical care to residents. These facilities are intended for elderly residents without serious medical conditions.
Resident Lifestyle In Assisted Living Facilities
Generally, the residents of assisted living facilities lead a more active life than those in a nursing home. Residents in assisted living facilities retain their autonomy, continuing to enjoy most of the freedoms they did in their former residences.
Dangers In Assisted Living Facilities
Although the elderly residents of assisted living facilities are more capable than those who require the constant attention of nursing homes, they are still subject to most of the same perils, not the least of which are abuse & neglect. Possible situations include:
- Bed sores
- Dehydration & malnutrition
- Infections & sepsis
- Medication errors
- Wrongful death
- Sexual & physical abuse
- Poor hygiene
- Slip, trip, & fall accidents
- Unexplained cuts & bruises
- Wandering & elopement
Knowing the signs of elder abuse and neglect is essential to identifying its presence and seeking justice when it does occur. For more information, see our FAQs.
Contact A Philadelphia Assisted Living Facility Abuse & Neglect Attorney
Although assisted living facilities are often likened to “college campuses for the elderly,” their reality may not be as safe as you’d assume. Numerous elderly residents are the victims of abuse & neglect in assisted living facilities every year.
If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of negligence in an assisted living facility, contact PA Nursing Home Lawyers. As Philadelphia’s leading authority in elder abuse & neglect law, we’ve helped numerous families secure the maximum compensation, justice, and peace of mind. For a free consultation, call (215) 563-2499 or fill out our online contact form.