How to Choose the Right Nursing Home

How to Choose the Right Nursing Home

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 16-Mar-2018

For many of us, it is likely that one day we will be faced with the decision of having to choose the right nursing home for a loved one. To do this, you obviously cannot simply rely on a website, promotional brochure, or even a facility tour. This is a crucial decision, so it cannot be rushed into. You are going to need some answers to several very important questions. Keep in mind that there are over 3.2 million adults living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities in the United States and, every year, as many as 1 in 6 of these residents will be the victim of abuse or neglect.

To prevent your loved one from becoming part of this statistic, take extra care to investigate a potential nursing home choice. Below are some questions you should answer as you examine your options:

  • Is the location of the facility realistic? A lengthy drive or flight will likely result in infrequent visits. You should always try to find the best facility you can, but if that means almost never being able to visit your loved one to monitor the kind of care they are receiving, a facility that is too far might not be the wisest choice. Honestly ask yourself how often you would be willing to make the long trek to see him or her if your best option happens to also be the farthest one.
  • What are the staffing ratios? This is a question you can pose to an administrator or nursing director. First, educate yourself and research staffing data in your state, including the average hours for registered nurses and certified nursing assistants. Knowing the staffing ratio is vital information because, if the facility is understaffed, your loved one will likely be unable to receive sufficient care and attention.
  • What is your staffing turnover? If a facility has stable staffing, consider this a good sign, especially if the same caregivers are typically assigned to the same residents on a daily basis. Consistent assignment allows staff members to get to know residents, which means they can better anticipate needs and be able to recognize and address problems early.
  • How long do nurses and aides spend with residents on a daily basis? To ensure your elderly or disabled loved one is getting the attentive care they need, it is important to know just how much time they are getting from nurses and aides. If they have an ailment or some other complaint, it can go unnoticed if they are not getting enough time with staff members.
  • What kind of services do you offer? Not all residents enter a nursing home facility in the same condition. Some will inevitably have more needs than others. If your loved one is undergoing rehab to recover from a hip fracture, he or she is going to require a higher level of care than a standard nursing home might be able to offer. If your loved one has a medical condition, make sure the facilities you are considering are equipped to accommodate those needs.
  • Do you provide special care for those with dementia? A nursing home facility that specializes in memory care should be unlike other nursing home facilities. The staffing ratios should be no more than 5 residents per caregiver, including nurses and aides, around the clock. Additionally, caregivers should have special training in dementia care as well as awareness and sensitivity to the needs of the residents they care for.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Orlando

When you leave a loved one in the care of a nursing home, you are putting your trust in them to care for him or her as you would. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. At The Maher Law Firm, our team of medical malpractice attorneys is passionate about protecting the rights of the elderly and have recovered billions on behalf of our clients throughout the course of our history.

For the representation you deserve, reach out to us today at (855) 338-0720 to schedule a free case evaluation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.

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