Over the past few years, News10NBC has uncovered heartbreaking stories about the care and conditions inside some of the nursing homes in our community. Now we want to show you how to plan ahead so hopefully, you can choose a nursing home that’s safe and will be a good fit for you or your loved one.
Often we get the same question after our investigations air, “why do the residents stay if the care and conditions are so bad?” The answer is simple: for many, it comes down to money or a lack thereof. Most people don’t think about the cost of eldercare until they or a loved one need it and that, unfortunately, is way too late.
By the time Mary Del Wypych’s mom was moved to a nursing home, her savings had been depleted.
“We used private money to pay for home care and day programs and things like that,” Del Wypych tells News10NBC. So, her mother was on Medicaid, which meant finding a nursing home that would take her wasn’t easy.