Like many residents of Asheville, you may have a family member who needs frequent or even around-the-clock care. However, work and other obligations outside the home keep many seniors’ adult children and relatives from being able to be present all day. Leaving a relative with special needs alone is often not possible, especially if they have Alzheimer’s disease or a mental illness that makes them a danger to themselves or others. This article is the first in a series of four about nursing home abuse in North Carolina and what families can do if they believe a relative has been abused.
Placing an elderly parent or disabled loved one in a nursing or adult care home is one of the most difficult decisions many families make. Some families take months deciding on a facility, taking the time to review state documentation and other metrics of a nursing home’s safety, reliability, cleanliness and other conditions. Above all sources, families should be able to trust government agencies commissioned specifically to look out for a state’s most vulnerable residents. However, a recent investigative report by Carolina Public Press showed that families should even be cautious about trusting state agencies’ reviews of nursing home facilities.