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Types of Elder Care Facilities

If your loved one is having trouble taking care of him or herself or is no longer self-sufficient, an elder care facility may be a viable option. There are several different types of elder care facilities. Among the most common are assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Assisted living facilities. Assisted living facilities, also known as residential care facilities, are housing options for elderly individuals who do not yet need nursing home care but can no longer live independently.  Residents who live in assisted living facilities are not allowed to live on their own but do not require constant care and supervision.

Nursing homes. Nursing homes are another option.  Nursing homes are appropriate for individuals who can no longer take care of themselves and require 24 hour care.  Nursing home employees care for residents on a daily basis, helping them perform daily activities such as using the restroom, bathing and eating.  Residents who live in nursing homes are typically elderly, disabled, or ill.

In-home nurses. For elders who are minimally self-sufficient and only need assistance in daily activities, in-home nurses can provide such assistance.  In-home nurses go to the home of the elder to assist him or her on a daily basis but only for several hour increments, or as long as necessary.

Adult day care. Adult day care is a final option.  It includes programs, services and facilities designed to assist elders who are either mentally or physically impaired.  Adult day care allows respite workers to provide relief to daily caregivers of the impaired elder by taking care of the elder for specified amounts of time.

Who can sue for Elder Abuse or Neglect?

Nursing home and assisted living facility abuse and neglect is a form of abuse known as “elder abuse.” The term seemingly only applies to elders, but it actually applies to both elders and dependent adults. Elders are any individuals 65 years or older. Dependent adults are any persons between the ages of 16 and 64 who have physical or mental limitations that restrict his or her ability to carry out normal activities or to protect his or her own rights. “Dependent adults” also apply to individuals between the ages of 18 and 64 who are admitted into a 24 hour health care facility. Therefore, any person who is considered either an elder or dependent adult who is abused or neglected in a nursing home or assisted living facility can bring a claim for the abuse. Of course, family members can file a claim on behalf of the elder or dependent adult.

Contact York Law Firm

If someone you love has fallen victim to abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility, we’re here to help.  The experienced attorneys at York Law Firm have handled numerous cases of elder and dependent adult abuse and neglect and can help you obtain justice.  Contact our law offices today to learn more about how we can help you.