What should I look for in a nursing home?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2020 | Nursing Home Negligence |

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is almost always difficult. It is essential that you find a quality facility for your family member, which reduces the risk that your loved one will be subject to abuse or neglect. The following are a few steps you can take to ensure that the home you choose provides the highest level of care to your relative. 

Look for a facility close to where you live 

The closer a home is to you, the easier it will be to visit your loved one. It will also allow you to deal with any issues that may arise, as well as keep track of conditions at the home. Ask friends and family about any local homes to get some insight into the quality of care available. You can also search for information online, which will provide an objective view. 

Visit the home in person 

Once you have narrowed down your search to a few selections, contact the administrator for the home and schedule a visit. Bring your loved one with you so he or she can play a role in the decision. Also, be sure to ask questions while you are there. Along with ensuring the home offers quality care, you also want to be sure that it sufficiently meets your loved one’s needs. 

Look for red flags 

Unfortunately, not all nursing home administrators are completely forthcoming about the conditions. That is why it is crucial that you know what to look for in terms of red flags. A great staff is an essential component of assisted living, so watch how caregivers interact with the residents. Interactions should be kind, caring, and attentive to the needs of residents. The overall atmosphere of the home should be relaxed and calming, as opposed to chaotic. Additionally, residents should be well-groomed and clean, not unkempt and in soiled clothing.