What to Look for When Searching for a Nursing Home
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing facility is never easy. Often, it comes as a result of a medical crisis that necessitates placement. In other cases, it is a decision that is arrived at after observing the individual lose the ability to live independently. It is very important to have an understanding of how to find a quality home where your loved one will be cared for properly. A Bryan family attorney can advise you, but the following are some tips.
Does the Nursing Home Accept Medicare and Medicaid?
Most nursing homes accept these benefit programs, but it is important that you check. Unless you are very wealthy, the cost of nursing home care can quickly diminish your finances.
Is the Home Near Enough for Visits?
Your loved one will be better served by living relatively close to your home. Not only does this make it more likely that you will visit often, which is important to the well-being of residents, but also staff will know you are that much more likely to drop by unexpectedly. This is important, for many facilities are understaffed, and residents of such homes often are neglected, and even abused.
Does the Home Serve Any Special Needs of Your Loved One?
Some residents require specialized care. For instance, if your loved one is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's, it is important that you choose a facility that specializes in such issues.
Do You Know People Who Can Give You References or Advice?
A member of the clergy, senior group, relative, friend, doctor, or hospital discharge planner may be able to give you some guidance on which nursing homes in your area are best suited to your loved one's needs and are safest.
Have You Paid a Personal Visit?
It is very important that you visit the nursing facility personally, and not just during visiting hours. When you visit, check the following:
• Ask to see resident's rooms. • Check bathrooms, under beds, and corners for dirt. • Inspect the kitchen for cleanliness. • Ask about activities, and how the staff accommodates special needs. • Note the overall demeanor of residents. • Ask about training of staff, turnover, etc.
Have You Checked Online Resources?
You can find useful information about nursing homes in the following places online:
• U.S. News and World Report's Best Nursing Homes for 2014 • Medicare.gov • ProPublica
What to Do if Your Loved One Is a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse
It is very important that you choose a nursing facility carefully. Many of these are run by caring staff who work hard to provide a positive, healthy environment. Unfortunately, there are also those nursing homes where abuse is a regular occurrence. If your loved one is a victim, contact law enforcement, and then hire a Bryan nursing home lawyer. Call Peterson Law Group at 979-703-7014.