Making the Right Nursing Home Choice
April 29, 2016
Nursing homes are intended to provide for all of your loved one’s needs. Unfortunately, the quality of life for residents varies at different facilities, and it’s important to be careful about which one you choose.
Finding the Right Home
First, decide what level and duration of care are necessary. Short-term rehabilitation facilities are appropriate for residents who are recovering from an injury. Hospice is appropriate for patients at the end of life, and long-term care is best for residents in need of a place for more protracted periods. After speaking with doctors and your loved one, decide what services are appropriate.
Then, look for a nursing home with staff that is committed to providing excellent care while upholding the highest medical standards. Online ratings, off-hours visits, and health department inspections can all help you gauge a nursing home’s quality of care. Research the potential forms of abuse that most commonly take place in nursing homes. When visiting nursing homes, observe the sights, smells, and sounds around you. How do staff members interact with patients? How is dignity preserved and are active, productive lifestyles promoted? Remember, socialization is a crucial part of finding fulfillment and joy at any stage of life. Finally, what are the protocols in place for when a problem might arise?
Get to Know the Facility
Even once you’ve chosen the facility, and your loved one has taken up residence there, it is important to continue visiting and remain vigilant for warning signs of neglect. A change of staff or administration can affect the quality of care received by residents, and family members have the power to advocate for their loved ones, filing complaints as necessary. In many facilities with less motivated staff, a resident whose family visits frequently is less likely to suffer from the same degree of long-term neglect. If complaints with the facility do not elicit change, a family member who hasn’t been institutionalized can more easily contact an experienced lawyer.
Even after selecting a nursing home that fits your needs, don’t be afraid to change your mind, especially if you begin to fear your loved one may be facing nursing home abuse and neglect. In the event of maltreatment, do not hesitate to contact Stanley Law Offices for legal counsel.