We all age and it is a part of life that we must accept. Nonetheless, many of us are not prepared to deal with what comes with a longer life expectancy. While residents in Missouri and elsewhere attempt to accommodate and help aging loved ones, the reality is that many are unable to take on this task. Because of this, nursing home facilities are relied on to provide the care a loved one requires.
When we think about nursing homes, we often think about a care facility for the elderly. However, there are people of younger age who need care in a similar fashion, but for different reasons.
Nursing homes are supposed to provide expert care for the elderly and disabled, but the truth often varies from the image that nursing homes try to project. The two sisters of a soldier who served two tours in Iraq know this all too well. They have recently come forward with stories of how their brother has been severely neglected in a Kansas City nursing home that supposedly had significant expertise in caring for brain injured patients.
Patients of nursing homes are among the most vulnerable patients in the health care system. Many of them are unable to take care of themselves or to attend to their medical care. A recently filed lawsuit involving nursing home abuse in Derby, Kansas demonstrates the special vulnerability of these elderly citizens.