With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day and many of the oldest baby boomers nearing 75 years of age, the United States is experiencing a massive shift in demographics. Thanks to modern medicine and widespread vaccinations, Americans are also living longer than ever, with the number of Americans aged 85 or older projected to more than double over the next few decades. Many of us will be blessed with an additional decade or more to spend with our spouses, parents, grandparents and even great grand-parents.
As is often the case in life, this blessing comes with great responsibility.The day will eventually come when most of us will find ourselves in the position of caring for and being responsible for the very people who once nurtured us in our youths. Sadly, in some cases our loved ones will require a level of medical or personal care we are simply unable or even unqualified to provide. Many seniors with declining health and physical abilities will come to need around the clock care from nurses, physical therapists and other skilled professionals. In these situations, good senior living facilities can be a vital resource. Sadly, bad senior living facilities can be your worst nightmare.
When placing a loved one in a senior living facility, whether it be an independent or assisted living facility or a nursing home, the most important thing is knowing you placed your loved one in a safe place where he or she will be properly cared for. Unfortunately, anyone who has been through this process knows that the information is limited. Having both had grandparents placed in nursing homes towards the end of their lives due to terminal medical conditions, both co-founders of Elder Guide can sympathize with you in just how difficult this process is.
Nobody intentionally places their loved one in the nursing home where one quarter of the residents suffer from pressure ulcers because they haven’t physically moved in days or where they failed to provide some of their residents with crucial vaccines to protect against life threatening respiratory viruses.In spite of this, we find that nursing homes that have repeatedly failed to take even basic safety precautions are often full of residents. We must do better as a society and on a personal level for our loved ones. We believe improvement starts with providing better information.
We founded Elder Guide in an effort to take some of the mystery out of placing a loved one in a senior living facility. We analyzed over two billion datapoints on nursing homes alone in compiling our nursing home grades. We’ve done our best to provide you with objective assessments of these facilities so that you can place your loved one in a first-class facility.
We also analyzed staffing data from these facilities over the last three years so that we could create calendars revealing the staffing levels by profession at these facilities. With this information, you don’t have to take a nursing home’s word for it when they say they employ registered nurses or physicians or that they offer physical or occupational therapy or nutritional counseling. You can look at our calendars and see their actual staffing levels among these professions to confirm whether the facility would be a good fit based on your loved ones needs.
These grades and staffing calendars are based strictly on datapoint collected from government databases or provided directly by the senior living facilities. Most importantly, our grades are not for sale. We do not provide better grades or reviews to facilities for a fee. We want to provide you with honest information to enable you to ask the right questions and ultimately make an educated decision when placing your loved one in a senior living facility, regardless of whether you use our services or one of our competitors. In our minds, there is no doubt that the only measure of success is the care of your loved one.