If you believe the time has come for your elderly mother to enter a nursing home, your first consideration will be about the level of care she would receive.
The Nigerian email scam is so popular it's practically a brand, a punch line to a bad joke. For many senior citizens and vulnerable adults, these scams aren't so light hearted. Sure, it's easy to hit the delete button or throw a fishy looking letter in the trashcan for many, but circumstance and mental capacity can put victims in harm's way from a simple trip to the mailbox.
It is hard enough to have to put a loved one into a nursing home, but at least you should be able to count on the staff of the facility to keep your family member safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, as exemplified by the tragic death of a 75-year-old Kansas City man with Alzheimer's who wandered out of his nursing home recently.
Recent news reports of an investigation of criminal elderly abuse at St. John's Place, a Missouri nursing home, have brought forth another family's allegations that their elderly relative was denied timely medical care. The original report involved an 82-year-old woman who was discovered with bruises and serious cuts.