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
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
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
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