This episode's guest

Carole Herman
Foundation Aiding the Elderly (FATE)

Many of us with elderly parents or loved ones are eventually faced with a difficult decision: whether or not to put a family member in a nursing home. Sometimes, it’s impossible for family members to care for a senior spouse or loved one because they don’t have the professional nursing skills that are needed.

Unless families can afford to hire a caretaker, long-term care facilities are the only option. Unfortunately, some of these facilities that promise to provide compassionate, professional care end up setting a stage for nursing home abuse and neglect, injuring the vulnerable seniors in their care. In some cases, these injuries – bedsores, sexual abuse, dehydration and over-medication – lead to death.

Sometimes the only help available is through a nursing facility. What are children and spouses supposed to do then? How do you hold facilities accountable? Some of them purposely go to great lengths to hide information from family members and don’t like to answer questions.

Carole Herman is the founder of the Foundation Aiding the Elderly (FATE). For over thirty years, she led the organization in a fight against the nursing home industry, crusading for better care and an end to abuse. This is a fight she continues today. She and FATE were instrumental in holding a number of California regulators accountable and the non-profit assists families across the county.

She joins me on this episode to talk about some of the signs of abuse and how to prevent it as well as the underbelly of the nursing home industry.

Disclaimer: The Foundation Aiding the Elderly (FATE) is not an attorney referral service.

Last modified: August 15, 2017

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Michelle Y. Llamas is a senior content writer. She is also the host of Drugwatch Podcast where she interviews medical experts as well as patients affected by drugs and medical devices. She has written medical and legal content for several years — including an article in The Journal of Palliative Medicine and an academic book review for Nova Science Publishers. With Drugwatch, she has developed relationships with legal and medical professionals as well as with several patients and support groups. Prior to writing for Drugwatch, she spent several years as a legal assistant for a personal injury law firm in Orlando. She obtained her English – Technical Communication degree from the University of Central Florida. She is a committee member with the American Medical Writers Association.

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