Many Seniors find themselves in Nursing Homes and posh Senior residential Care Homes, Retirement Communities, and Assisted Living Facilities. And their Caregivers/ Spouses/Adult Children should be aware of some startling statistics.
We are promised the earth when we sign the contract and start paying the hefty nursing home fees, of course. We are told Mom or Dad, or, in some cases, our spouse will be very well cared for and all their needs supplied. But promises are not always fulfilled…
A recent study that was sponsored by the US Government found that 30% of nursing homes in the country were cited for at least one instance of abuse in a two-year period. There were almost 9,000 instances of abuse documented, and these included but were not limited to untreated bedsores, dehydration, and accidents that could have been prevented. And nearly 20% of the abuse incidents that were reported were actually serious enough to place the elderly residents in immediate jeopardy of serious injury or death.
More than 40% of nursing home residents have reported abuse, and more than 90%, in fact, report that they or another resident of the same facility have been neglected.
I could go on, and of course, nursing homes will vehemently deny that these violations of human dignity occur in their facility. But facts are facts. And what makes this all the more frightening and worrying is that many of these residents suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, so they don’t remember what happened or, worse still, they are accused of lying about abuse. In Canada, doctors are diagnosing one new case of Alzheimer’s or related dementia every five minutes. Search “hidden camera seniors” on YouTube and you’ll be shocked to see things like this.
What can one do about this? Well, that’s why we created IPS Safety Inc. And one of our products is particularly well suited to this situation: our GrannyCam. It’s a tiny camera hidden in an innocuous little digital clock. The clock works and can be plugged into a wall outlet or it can work off its rechargeable battery. The camera is HD, full colour and sound, and motion activated, so it only records when there is movement. And it has night vision, too.
The camera doesn’t require WiFi: it has an SD card hidden in it and it can record for up to a week. It is easy to set up and use, and if you have any questions, you can simply call our office and ask. More information here.
Enjoy peace of mind and keep your loved ones safe. Elder abuse is a reality: physical, emotional, and financial.