I hated the idea that my mother was in one. It seemed like there was no other option. We had tried services at home and assisted living but she was not safe.
After many falls and broken bones she remained at a nursing home after a lengthy rehab to recover, once again. The facility was rated as one of the very best in the state, a 5 star.
She was the highest functioning patient there. It was lonely and depressing. She hated it. We hated it. We visited often but could not see a way to change her living situation given that she fell very frequently and was confused. We told ourselves she was safe and well cared for.
She was not safe, nor well cared
for by the staff at the nursing home.
She was rushed to the hospital one day a few weeks ago. The nursing home staff gave her opiates, not prescribed. She tested positive for un-prescribed opiates.
She seemed near death. My sister and I watched her every breath and waited for her dangerously low blood pressure and respiratory rate to rise. She survived and stayed 4 days. She did not return to that facility.
The Rhode Island Department of Health investigated – twice – and found NO evidence of wrong doing on the part of the nursing home.
So, how did she get opiates?
She resided in one of the homes highlighted in the link below as one of the B E S T in Providence, a F I V E star facility. We falsely believed she was safe.