In Oregon and all around the United States, countless families must struggle with how to find safe, loving and qualified care for their aging relatives. With a growing elderly population and an increasing lifespan, the issues surrounding elder care are only growing as well. Evaluating nursing homes can be a difficult task for family members as they must attempt to assess many factors including the quality of medical care and the general safety that a facility provides.

The News Press recently ran a report about a new effort being launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It involves the prominent placement of an icon on their website on the page of any nursing home facility that at which a resident was abused or harmed due to neglect. The abuse may have been sexual, mental or physical.

Supporters of this icon say that the presence of a notation like this will make it easier for families to identify facilities at which their loved ones may be safer. When evaluating multiple facilities, families logically want to know if a nursing home has been involved in previous abuse or neglect allegations. Opponents of the move allege that the icon alone does not tell enough as the details of any abuse or neglect events may give people a different opinion than the presence of an icon alone.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people in Oregon who need to find nursing home care for their loved ones some insight on efforts to improve transparency so they can make more fully informed decisions and keep their family members safe.