Use caution when selecting an assisted living center

When the elderly can no longer care for themselves completely, but do not require the high level of care of a nursing home, an assisted living center in Pennsylvania can be a great option. An assisted living facility is a place where elderly or those with disabilities live. As the name implies, residents are provided with various levels of assistance according to their needs. This typically includes food preparation, nursing care and housekeeping. Families need to be diligent about researching an assisted living facility before placing their loved one there. Doing so can give them peace of mind and ensure that their loved one is safe and well cared for.

Because assisted living is a relatively new concept that has developed in the last 20 years, there has yet to be any set federal regulations that the centers must follow. Instead, it is up to the states to regulate the facilities. These regulations can vary drastically from state to state, but in Pennsylvania, assisted living centers are not required to have a minimum staffing ratio. The state is able to fine facilities that violate regulations and post inspection data online. This can be valuable information for those who are trying to decide which facility would be best for their loved one. In addition, assisted living administrators in Pennsylvania are required to have a high school diploma, GED or college education.

If you have a loved one that has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect in an assisted living center, you may wish to speak with an attorney regarding their right to compensation for their pain and suffering and any medical bills.

Source: ProPublica, “Elderly, At Risk, and Haphazardly Protected,” A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones, Oct. 29, 2013

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