CHICAGO, IL – Throughout the month of November, activists seek to spread the word about nursing home abuse and neglect so residents of long-term care facilities remain safe. National Long-Term Care Awareness Month also encourages elder adults to have a care plan in place for their future.
Long-Term Care Awareness Month
Started in November 2001, Long-Term Care Awareness Month was created to raise awareness about planning for elder care. The month is recognized by Congress and various states in an effort to make information regarding long-term care more accessible.
This month is also an opportunity to check in on your loved ones who live in nursing home facilities. Isolated seniors may be at higher risk of elder abuse so it’s critical that you check-in with them and how they are cared for. 2 in 3 staff members from nursing home and long-term care facilities reported that they have committed abuse in the past year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Why are older adults at risk of nursing home abuse or neglect?
Nursing home residents face a greater chance of neglect or abuse when their needs are not met by staff. Examples include poor management, an understaff facility or caregivers that are abusive.
In the same study by WHO, around 1 in 6 people 60 years and older experienced some form of abuse in a community setting during the past year. Cases of abuse or neglect are not normal and unacceptable. National Long-Term Care Awareness Month reminds us how important it is to check in on our loved ones who live in long-term care facilities.
How to participate in Long-Term Care Awareness Month
If you have a loved one that resides in a long-term care facility, consider scheduling a visit to check up on them. It’s a great way to celebrate and honor Long-Term Care Awareness Month. If you don’t live in close proximity to your loved one, you can also use a video conferencing app like Zoom or Facetime.
It’s never too early to have plans in place for your future. If your loved one is getting older, sit down with them to explore their options. Take into consideration if your loved one would prefer their own room or a shared room, what community activities are available and more.
Contacting a nursing home neglect and abuse lawyer
If you or a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, consider sharing your story to spread awareness of this widespread issue. Depending on the statue of limitations in your state, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your abuser, nursing home facility and more. Contact one of our skilled attorneys at the Dinizulu Law Group for a free case evaluation. To receive a complimentary consultation, call (312) 384-1920.