NEW YORK – Health is a chief concern for many people over the age of 65 but those who describe their health as ‘excellent’ or ‘great’ often have one thing in common: they live alone.
According to a report recently published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, elderly individuals living with others – whether they’re related or not – were unlikely to consider themselves in ‘good’ health. Researchers concluded the two often go hand-in-hand.
A New York nursing home abuse lawyer with Cellino & Barnes says when seniors suffer health issues or their mobility begins to decline, they can often end up living with family members or in nursing homes where there’s an increased risk of abuse.
“There are many good nursing homes around the state but there are also facilities with a long history of neglect in New York,” nursing home abuse attorney Steve Barnes said. “For many seniors, living alone is not an option but they deserve to know what assisted-living centers will put health and safety first.”
Cellino & Barnes created the ParentCare app, where users can easily compile a list of nursing homes in their area. The app also provides comprehensive ratings and grades for each long-term facility so users can compare and contrast nursing homes to find the right one for their loved ones.
Although seniors value their independence, living alone can be risky. In fact, while seniors reported healthier lifestyles when they’re living alone, researchers said solitary situations do have drawbacks.
Those who shared a home with a spouse or partner were not likely to report any concerns with their psychological or mental health. The finding mirrored previous studies on the same subject.
The study’s lead author said the research indicates that families may be faced with the choice to help seniors with their physical health or psychological wellbeing depending on their loved one’s living situation.
“With this recent study and news of nursing home abuse across the nation, choosing the right long-term care situation is an important task for every senior,” Barnes said. “A nursing home could add valuable years to a person’s life or it could be a nightmare; although it would be nice if all nursing homes provided the same level of care the truth is, they don’t.”
The New York nursing home abuse lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have represented victims of nursing home neglect for over 50 years. They’ve helped many families get justice; and with the ParentCare app, Cellino & Barnes hopes seniors will find the long-term care facility that best fits their needs.
If you or a loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, contact our New York nursing home abuse attorneys today for a free case evaluation.