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How to Choose A Quality Nursing Home

Steve Wagner

When you are choosing a nursing home or an assisted living facility for your loved ones to reside in, the priority should always be on the safety, health and wellness of the intended resident. Often, people choose nursing homes based on what is the most affordable option, and they fail to look into standards of care, common practices, staff to patient ratios, etc. Failing to examine important details like these can lead to the injury, neglect or even wrongful death of your loved ones.

Assisted Living? infographicHere are a few tips you should follow when choosing a nursing home or other type of long-term care facility for your loved ones:

  • Visit all potential homes in person, just to get a feel for the environment, the cleanliness, the mood of the residents, the attitude of the caretakers, etc.
  • When interviewing potential homes, require that they show you their most recent health inspection ratings. Not all nursing homes are government certified, and choosing a home that is independent has its risks, even if they may be more affordable. Opting for a home that is government certified by the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) means that the home must undergo regular inspections and be up to standard on over 150 different protocol.
  • Call your state health department and inquire about information on the potential homes you are interviewing. Choosing a home with a quality health rating can be the difference in life or death in so many situations. Poor health ratings mean a higher risk of infection, lower quality food service, and overall poor cleanliness standards.
  • Interview residents who are willing to talk with you. Ask them about the quality of care they receive, if they feel the environment and the staff respect their wishes and needs, if they are happy with the medical attention they receive, if they have ever been mistreated or abused in any way, how visitors are handled/welcomed, how much choice they have in their daily routine and schedules, and what type of social/recreational activities they can participate in. If the residents are happy, that always speaks well for the type of facility being run.
  • Check out the facility’s Five Star Quality Rating. This rating will allow you to compare different nursing homes, examine health ratings and consumer ratings on the performance of different homes, and give you an overall picture of the type of care you can expect from certain homes.

Following these steps can make all the difference when you are choosing care providers for your loved ones. If you have already suffered through the neglect or injury of a loved one, caused by a nursing home or assisted living facility the personal injury and wrongful death lawyers of Wagner Reese can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve for this suffering, and also assist you in preventing such tragedies from happening in the future.

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