No one should be subject to harm or abuse at the hands of those charged with caring for them. That includes the men and women who are residents of nursing homes and care facilities in New Jersey. Unfortunately, however, many individuals in residential care facilities are taken advantage of and subjected to damaging and dangerous actions by those who are in charge of their well-being.
Making the decision to put a loved on in a nursing home is a difficult one. Therefore, those in Burlington County who are facing this possibility will do all the research they can to ensure the nursing home they choose for their loved one will provide the care their loved one needs to live comfortably.
Burlington County residents may be disturbed to hear that one developmentally disabled woman who resided in a Bellwether Behavioral Health group home choked to death at the facility while eating a cheeseburger and French fries. This is despite the family's instructions that the woman's food should be cut into small pieces and that she should be monitored while eating to ensure she didn't eat too much, too fast. Her family is pursuing legal action.
Sometimes, when an aged loved one needs a level of care that we cannot provide ourselves, it is necessary to place our loved one in a nursing home. These facilities can provide a high level of care, so that a person remains comfortable in their old age.
Nursing homes are a legitimate solution for families in which loved ones can no longer care for themselves. It may be old age that has gotten them to this point, a disability from birth or a recent severe change in their health that led them to the need for complete care. Nursing homes are meant to be a place for people, often the elderly people, who need help caring for themselves. However, there have been reported instances of nursing home abuse in which a resident is harmed.
Giving up their freedom to live in nursing or residential care facilities can be difficult for Pennsylvania residents. Aside from not having the comforts of one's own home, a person must be able to trust the individuals and institution that have agreed to manage their care. Building this trust can be difficult, especially when egregious cases of nursing home abuse are reported at facilities throughout the nation.