What are some signs that a nursing home is safe for my parent?

Every day across the United States, another family has to make a decision to have their elderly loved one take up ownership in either a nursing or assisted living facility. As much as a family may try to find a place that will cater to the needs of their loved one, one bad worker is all it takes for a potentially fatal incident to occur.

When you're considering different nursing homes for your loved one, it's important to physically go to it and check it out, even if you have to travel to the area to do so. When visiting the facility, you'll want to closely observe how residents are treated, how clean it appears to be, whether it seems that there are safety precautions in place to protect residents and even how the food is.

If your loved one is experiencing decreased mobility or cognitive abilities, then you'll want to ask them about their protocol for cleaning up a resident if he or she soils him or herself or bedding. If they can't confirm that they'll clean your loved one up right away after discovering such an incident has occurred, then you should move on to another facility.

You'll also want to make sure that bathrooms have grab bars, that there are ramps and other features that help residents get around.

In looking around the facility, you should see if the facility appears to be a pleasant place to be in as it could greatly impact your loved one's mental health if it's not. Noting whether there are social activities planned for those resident who are mobile is equally important for a resident's psyche.

While you're at the facility, you should ask to shadow a caregiver to see how his or her bedside manner is with residents. You should also look to see if there appears to be adequate staffing as well as what workers seem to do during down times when they're not servicing residents.

Each year, thousands of elderly individuals are abused, neglected or otherwise poorly treated at the hands of of nursing home workers. If your loved one has suffered either a debilitating injury or illness as a result of receiving inadequate care, then a Tucson attorney can advise you of your rights in your case.

Source: Urban Milwaukee, "How to select a safe nursing home," Hupy and Abraham, S.C., accessed March 30, 2018

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