As people age, they have very different needs. In response to this, there are many different options to meet those needs. These include:
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living centers
- In-home caregivers
- Adult daycares
While most people are very familiar with at least the first two on that list, many have not considered an adult day care. What is the advantage of using this system?
Essentially, it’s perfect for someone who needs assistance throughout the day but who has a capable caregiver at home. They don’t need around-the-clock intensive care as they may in a nursing home, but they simply need assistance with tasks like cooking, cleaning or using the restroom. If the caregiver can’t be there 24/7 — perhaps they have a job during the day — then the day care provides these elderly adults with the structure and assistance they need. They’re also beneficial because they provide a chance for socialization that the elderly person wouldn’t have if they stayed home.
That said, there are risks of neglect or even abuse at these centers. The elderly person may not get their medication at the right times, may not get enough food and water, may feel unsafe around the staff members or may get abused by other elderly residents at the daycare. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial. Neglect can also take many forms, but generally just denies the person the care they expect and require.
Do you think that this has been happening to your loved one? In addition to removing them from that day care, you may want to take the time to look into your legal options. A civil suit may be the best way to hold negligent caregivers responsible for their actions and stop them from hurting anyone else.