"Celebrating the Journey" - May's Nursing Home Week
This year's Nursing Home Week, held by the American Healthcare Association, has come and gone. The week starts on Mother's Day of every year and includes events held throughout the nation. This year's theme was Celebrating the Journey. The events included those that were designed to remind people that every life story deserves to be told and honored.
The American Health Care Association includes 11,000 profit and non-profit healthcare facilities. The agency advocates for post-acute care providers and long-term care providers. They also host educational events, work with elected officials and give input on public policies.
More Home, Less Hospital
Even good nursing homes have to deal with a range of issues. Good nursing homes provide effective care, all of the support their residents need and they deliver on the promises that they make to their clients and their patients. Even among these nursing homes, ideas about patient care and how to best deliver it are always changing and evolving. Some nursing homes are now experimenting with innovative new ways to make residents feel more at home and less like they are at a hospital.
Finding Friends at a Nursing Home
Socialization is a significant issue for many people who reside in nursing homes. Put yourself in their situation, and it's easy to understand why. Because of health issues, you end up in a place where the people with whom you share the space are not people that you would've chosen yourself, you're dependent upon others for basic services and you need regular medical care. It's a stressful way to live. Socialization can help make residents more comfortable and improve their health. Many nursing homes are always trying to find new ways to help residents retain a healthy social life after they move into an assisted care facility.
Some nursing homes do deliver excellent care. With enough staff members who have the proper training, a nursing home facility can deliver very effective care in an environment that is as comfortable as is possible, given the circumstances. There are always facilities out there, however, that end up treating their patients poorly and that end up taking the money of the people who trusted them and not delivering on the care that was expected.
If you or one of your loved ones has been the victim of any sort of abuse at a nursing home, contact a nursing home attorney to talk about filing a lawsuit. You may be able to recover substantial sums in the form of the jury award or settlement.
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