Even talking about care homes to an elderly relative can be daunting. Even the word ‘home’ can give a sense of insecurity and impending fear. Family’s agonise on a daily basis whether the right decision and the best way forward is a care home for an elderly person. Often families have the decisions taking out of their hands when the relative is ill and needs constant care. Families find that when the decision is taken from them it’s much easier. For free advice on care home claims you can visit medical negligence assist.
Deciding to put an elderly relative into a care home
So actually deciding to put an elderly relatively in to a care or nursing home can be one of the most difficult decisions you can make. Making the actual decision can be the hardest part because family members are never really sure when the right time is and are often scared whether they have done it too soon or even too late for the person to integrate properly . It is always vital that if possible everybody has a say that way anyone else’s fears can be talked over and solutions found.
Choosing the correct care home
After the initial decision to place an elderly relative into a care home has been decided the next tough task is picking the most suitable care home to match the needs of a loved one. It maybe that the person just wants more independence and shelter accommodation is preferred or it could be the case that 24hr care is needed or specialist care. Deciding which care home must be dedicated to the persons needs and both care givers and elderly person must feel completely comfortable and secure with the surroundings.
Negligence in the care home
Often one of the main and most daunting subjects that people agonise over is the negligence that happens in care homes. It is no secret that many care homes have fell below standard in their care and management of their occupiers. When the standard falls it is always the residents that suffer, their safety and welfare come into question. Standards of the staff usually fall due to lack of skills, man power and training and such substandard care can lead to;
· Pressure sores
· Medication and prescription errors
· Patient supervision errors
· Diagnosis and treatment delays
· Dehydration errors
Many of these negligent acts have been brought up in a court of law as many residents and family members have fell victim to these acts and errors and have gone forth to make medical negligence claims. It is possible for the relative to make a claim of negligence if the victim is not in a capable state. They can claim for compensation on their behalf. It is always important to be aware of the signs of negligence so that they can be prevented at the early possible moment stopping them in their tracks as soon as possible. Warning signs can be both physical and mental. The resident may have bruises and sores that are unusual for that person or they may come withdrawn and nervous. Any unusual signs should always be taken seriously.For more info visit www.MedicalNegligenceAssist.co.uk