Title: Ending Elder Abuse
Publisher: June 30th 2010 by QED Press (first published September 2000)
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: I won this at Librarything.com.
Where I Obtained the book: The publisher sent it to me.
Synopsis: Nearly 1.6 million Americans now live in nursing homes. That number will double in the next twenty years, as medical science lengthens our life expectancies and the senior population grows. Inevitably, most of us will have to supervise the care of aging parents or grandparents, and every one of us faces the prospect of growing old and possibly frail. Thirty percent of elderly Americans say they would rather die than move into a nursing home. Their fears are well founded: Inspection documents show that more than a quarter of the nursing homes in the United States have been repeatedly cited for violations that caused serious harm or death to residents. In California, fully one third caused serious injury or death, and less than 2 percent of nursing homes had no violations!
Review: This is scary and since we all will be old someday, this is a good book to read. Elder abuse is a real issue, made more so as the Baby-boomers retire. A loved one of mine was abused in the care center she was sent to following a stroke. It took her years to tell anyone and then what do you do? You think you are doing the best thing for your love ones and then something happens to make you rethink the whole thing. What are your rights and what are the laws?
This book starts with a story of her mother, who was abused in a care facility. She outlines what happened following the abuse and what steps they took to protect her mother in the future. The author then went on to make sure that others were aware of the problems going on in care facilities for the elderly. She then outlines what you can do to protect your loved ones and to help ensure their safety. We will all face this tough decisions. What do we do when our parents are no longer capable of caring for themselves?
Where so we look for the information we need to make a educated decision, and how do we go about checking out the facilities around us? This is a great resource for those who need to make these tough decisions. Someday we all will be at the mercy of those who care for us. The decision to move into a care facility cannot be taken lightly. This book will assist you in knowing where to look, who to talk with, and what questions to ask.
Ms. Diane Sandell's mother was abused in an Orange, California, LTCF in 1988. Subsequently, Ms. Sandell became an advocate, made guest appearances on local & national TV and radio, been a guest speaker for various organizations and has been the subject of newspaper and imagazine articles with the express purpose of raising public awareness regarding elder abuse in LTCF's. Ms. Sandell's advocacy has taken her to legistators, both state and federal, and to the White House.
Ms. Hudson's devotional works have appeared in a number of publications. She has recently completed her first novel, The Tenth Month. A second novel is in process along with a number of other writing projects.