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Beware of This New Trend in Washington Nursing Homes
There’s a major new trend in nursing homes throughout Washington (— and, across the country, too). Talk to an elder abuse expert and they’re likely to call it the “chandelier effect.”
The premise is simple. It’s all about the extra allure and fanfare that may come with a nursing home that gets major facility upgrades. Shiny new kitchens, new yoga studios and waterfalls aplenty.
Only problem is, while this may do a whole lot to stroke the interest of potential new nursing home candidates, all those renovations and extra perks do very little to ensure quality nursing home care. Because when we think about major facility renovations — when we think about extra perks like personal cooks on demand, — we think the facility in question has done all the basic work. The extra perks are, then, an extra, something to pile on top as a benefit to the already sound and stable structure. You assume that the pretty pictures reflect quality staffing and care.
Too often they don’t. Instead, more and more, elderly residents are suffering from severe abuse, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as severe medical neglect. These abuses are not just uncomfortable, they are seriously dangerous.
And here’s the kicker: Nursing home abuse can occur in a nursing home facility that looks a five-star hotel, just as it can in an nursing home that looks run down.
The sad part is when nursing homes that are really and truly running down on the inside look so fabulous on the outside.
If you are looking at nursing homes for your elderly loved one, you need to dig deeper than just finding the best marketed home. You need to do research, preferably in person, to see what the daily life of elderly residents is like. And you’ll also need to check out state surveys and the CMS SFF list to see if the nursing home you are looking at has been cited.
Of course, if your elderly loved one has already been abused or neglected in a nursing home, you may also need to get legal help. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family get the money you need to pay the associated medical bills and expenses related to the abuse and more. It will also send a clear and necessary message to nursing homes throughout Washington, too: Work on the inside, not just those putting greens.