Advances in medical science make it possible for many Americans to live longer than previous generations. Things like heart surgery and cancer treatments mean that many more of us will live well into our 70s. Unfortunately, as the general population grows older, some Virginia residents will require the constant supervision and care provided by long-term care centers or nursing homes. Choosing the right nursing home for your aging parent can prove to be one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
The National Center on Elder Abuse has identified several risk factors that may make your decision in selecting a good nursing home somewhat easier. According to the NCEA, most nursing homes observe accepted medical practices and preventative measures. However, there are still some facilities that do not. Research shows that poorly-managed institutions that care for the elderly can expose patients to injuries from falls, physical abuse by staff members and in some of the worst cases of neglect, even wrongful death.