Every day, more and more elderly men and women are admitted to assisted living facilities – often by loved ones – in the interest of maintaining the quality of life they deserve. Many of these patients may have debilitating injuries or illnesses which require ongoing medical care, while others are simply aging and may live more comfortably with fewer responsibilities and close professional supervision.
In an ideal world, finances would be a far lower priority when it comes to the health and well-being of loved ones, especially the elderly. However, assisted living facilities are far more expensive than some may believe: common facilities may certainly charge thousands per month, while more luxurious facilities may peak around $8,000 per month.
It very well may be that the administrators of these facilities have a great deal of power, as well as the means to maintain and expand that power as their organizations grow. The larger they are, the easier it may be to suppress small legal claims and pay off patients and/or their families with settlements.
“Managed care plans,” pre-paid medical plans offered by HMOs, allow patients and/or their families to pay for medical care before it is necessarily required, and these are commonly associated with assisted living facilities, as the health care provided is certainly not free. The problem lies in deductions from a health care plan’s “balance” to pay for procedures; if a patient provides $10,000 to a doctor for medical costs, the proper means of identifying the costs of each procedure are not always available. Patients are not always fully-informed of how their medical finances are divided, nor are they able to obtain the necessary details to become informed.
As horrendous as it may seem, it is not uncommon for assisted living facilities to attempt to provide minimal care to patients simply to save money and increase profits. It is an important example of how the drive for profit may clash with human welfare and common decency and, especially concerning senior citizens, have devastating consequences.
Assisted living facilities indeed have businesses to run, but health and fitness is certainly an area with which greed and financial motivation have no business interfering. If you have a loved one residing in an assisted living facility who has been a victim of negligence or medical malpractice, contact nursing home abuse attorney Michael Agruss for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.
Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.