More Oversight Needed in Eldercare and Healthcare

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Nadia Kiderman is a veteran in the elder care space who understands uniquely, the needs for dramatic reforms to be overhauled in the industry. There has been much said and written in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and the incredible harm it has had on residents and patients alike in nursing homes and other types of elder care facilities. This is incredibly tragic that the pandemic has caused such an incredibly high amount of fatalities and led others to become sick. The media attention that was given in particular to the conditions provided for those in elder care facilities finally shed a long overdue light on the type of neglect our elderly residents are afforded in such facilities.

According to Nadia Kiderman and other experts, these issues are a long time coming and it is finally time to have a proper conversation and dialogue about the issue. Without genuine and authentic reform, there will be serious continued damage inflicted upon our elderly members of our general population. This is something that needs to be drastically changed – and changed as quickly as humanly possible. It is grossly unfair that there continues to be this level of malpractice and it is literally costing lives.

There needs to be a serious conversation about why there wasn’t more oversight of those in the elder care industry including the executives of many of these facilities leading up to the pandemic, and of course during the pandemic itself. Why isn’t there more regulation of an industry that’s dealing with the healthcare needs of our population’s most vulnerable? There should be investigative journalism done on this important subject.

The elder care community – the residents, deserve better than this. And they deserve for there to be proper protocols in place for regulation and oversight of the quality of care they are being provided. At the least, why is there not a conversation ongoing about ways that quality of care can be improved in many homes? Unfortunately, many of the companies operating in the elder-care networks are profit-driven. Of course, capitalism is fine – but if this is being done and in the process the quality of care for patients is being compromised, that’s an issue that needs to be addressed.

So what are the different ways something can be done to change this troubling dynamic? There are a myriad of factors in place. Of course, our policymakers need to do more in order to seek to combat this issue. The lobbyists that continue lining their pockets with cash from these executives from this industry should be banished in a way that’s proper so that they feel the repercussions.

Policymakers and lawmakers have to recognize that the quality of care provided to our society’s most vulnerable and elderly is of critical importance to all of their constituents. This in and of itself will have a substantial effect on the ways that quality of care is taken seriously by these facilities. And the reasons for this are obvious.

Firstly, that’s how politics works. Ultimately, the lawmakers respond to public pressure and to their constituents. If they’re not accommodating the needs of their constituents in an adequately satisfactory fashion, those constituents are simply going to vote them out of office. Of course, they cannot afford for this to happen. So this is the leverage we as voters have to make a difference. There’s nothing wrong with harnessing this power in a way that enacts positive and transformative change. It’s time to do that.

Nadia Kiderman and other eldercare experts feel passionately about this issue; and will continue investigating this matter thoroughly until there is real and substantive reform in this industry. It must happen sooner rather than later. There are literally lives at stake and on the line.