Why infrequent communication from nursing homes is a red flag

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | Nursing Home Negligence |

Consistent communication from long-term care communities helps link residents and their families. For example, families often rely on updates to learn about their loved ones’ well-being and activities.

When communication slows or stops, it can signal underlying issues within the facility.

Family engagement

Long-term care communities, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, typically send periodic updates to families. These updates offer valuable insights into residents’ daily lives. They often include details about outings, available activities and general well-being. For families, this information is reassuring. It facilitates their engagement in their loved ones’ lives, despite physical separation.

The consequences of infrequent communication extend beyond mere inconvenience. Families may experience more anxiety and concern about their loved ones’ welfare. Families may also feel disconnected from their loved ones’ daily lives. This can affect their ability to make informed decisions about loved ones’ care.

Struggles within the facility

A decline in communication frequency or no updates at all can raise red flags about a facility’s ability to provide adequate care. Such lapses may indicate underlying challenges, including staffing shortages, operational issues or even neglect.

Transparent communication

Long-term care communities must prioritize transparency and accountability. Regular updates should be a fundamental aspect of their communication strategy.

Additionally, facilities should establish clear channels for feedback and communication among families, residents and staff. Open lines of communication foster trust and collaboration. They enable families to voice concerns promptly and facilitate timely resolutions.

Communication plays a major role in trust and transparency. Infrequent updates or a lack of updates from Delaware’s long-term care communities should prompt families to inquire further.