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What to Look For in a Nursing Home

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nursing home resident walking with nurseWhen selecting a nursing home for your elderly loved one, there are certain characteristics you should keep in mind that will indicate whether it’s a caring environment for your relative. Learn more about what to look for in a nursing home in order to keep your loved one safe.

Qualities of a Good Nursing Home

When searching for a nursing home for your elderly relative, it’s important to select one that both you and your loved one feel comfortable with. After all, this is the place where your elderly relative will be spending virtually all of their time. It’s important that their future home is safe, clean, and supportive

The following characteristics are indicative of a good nursing home:

  • Each resident receives personalized care. When you visit a prospective nursing home, see whether staff members greet each resident with a smile. Figure out whether staff members know each resident by name and can tailor service to their individual personalities.

  • Each resident can make choices. Select a nursing home in which residents have a say in what time they wake up and go to bed, what food they eat, and what activities they participate in. Too many restrictions on what residents can do may cause them to feel depressed or trapped.

  • There are plenty of staff members and other professionals. Understaffing is a major problem in most nursing homes. Make sure the nursing home you select has an appropriate number of doctors, nurses, and other staff members to ensure your loved one does not experience nursing home neglect.

  • There are plenty of activities for residents. Nursing homes should have a variety of activities for residents to participate in. This ensures residents’ minds and spirits are stimulated. It’s also important that there are activities that every resident can partake in, regardless of any physical or mental disabilities they may have.

While not all forms of nursing home abuse or neglect are preventable, taking the aforementioned measures increases the likelihood that your loved one is in a safe and caring environment.

However, if you do suspect that your loved one has experienced abuse or neglect in their nursing home, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you get to the bottom of the issue. At Wagner Reese, we have over 150 years of combined experience and we’re prepared to go up against large medical facilities and insurance companies.

If you suspect nursing home abuse, contact us today at (888) 204-8440 to learn how we can assist you.


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