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Nursing home residents with brain injuries need specialized care

Placing a loved one in an Iowa nursing home is never easy, but it can prove even more difficult and time-consuming if your loved one has special needs relating to a brain injury. You may have made the difficult decision to relocate your loved one because you believed a specialized facility would be better able to handle your loved one’s needs, but not all care facilities have the tools and ability to do so. At Galligan Reid PC, we assist clients whose loved ones are not receiving the standard of care they expect, and we have a firm understanding of how insufficient care can lead to physical and emotional hardship.

Though NursingHomeAbuseGuide.com reports that there are roughly 40,000 beds reserved for brain injury sufferers at long-term care facilities, this is not nearly enough for the almost 4 million Americans in need of this type of care. Because of this considerable shortage, many brain injury sufferers find themselves living in facilities that are ill-equipped to handle their needs. Worse yet, finances and related considerations may leave you with little choice other than to place your loved one in a home that may receive low marks during federal inspections, indicating a low quality of care.

Also contributing to the lack of quality long-term care for those with brain injuries are issues with insurance and Medicaid. Funding for your loved one’s long-term care can be difficult to obtain through an insurance company, leaving you without much of an option aside from relying on Medicaid. The problem with that, however, is that, of those 40,000 beds available for brain injury sufferers, less than half are financed through Medicaid. 

Regrettably, the standard of care in many American nursing homes is not always what you want it to be. More information about keeping your loved one safe in a nursing home or long-term care environment is available on our web page. 

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