Tips for Finding the Best Nursing Home for Your Loved One
Nursing homes vary a lot in their quality of care. If you are looking for a nursing home for a loved one, it’s important to compare the available homes to find the right one. Consider the following:
Create a List of Nursing Homes to Check Out
The first step in finding a good nursing home is to create a list of possibilities. Start your search with nursing homes in the local area. It’s best to find a nursing home that is convenient for relatives and friends to visit, because these visits play an important role in your loved one’s state of mind.
Word-of-mouth is a good place to start. Ask people who you know and trust, such as relatives, friends, neighbors, and senior center staff if they have had experience with any local nursing homes.
You can also get a lot of useful information about nursing homes online. The federal government has a page where you can find nursing homes in your area (or any area you choose) that are certified by Medicare or Medicaid. Each nursing home has a rating for health inspections, level of staffing, and quality of care, as well as an overall rating, which makes it easy to compare different nursing homes to each other.
For each nursing home on your list, find out whether it has been certified and, if so, for how long. Find out how many staff members work there, how they are selected, and what the ratio is of staff to residents.
Visit Your Top Choices
Once you have narrowed down your choices, go see the facilities in person. How do they look? Are they clean, well-lit, and comfortable?
Find out what daily life is like for residents. Where are meals served? Is the food healthy and does it taste good? Do residents share rooms and, if so, how are roommates chosen? What activities are available? Is transportation available to take residents on errands in the community?
Fight Back Against Nursing Home Abuse
Here at Garcia & Artigliere, we believe that every resident of a nursing home deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. We became nursing home abuse lawyers because we are driven to protect the rights of nursing home residents. If you suspect that a loved one is being abused, call us at 1-800-281-8515 to find out how we can help.