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What resources are available to help me choose a nursing home?

If you are a reader of this blog then you are probably well aware of the mishaps that can occur in nursing homes and how they can cause all kinds of injuries and, sometimes, death. Though it is critical to be aware of these dangers and what you can do to take legal action if you or a loved one is injured by nursing home neglect, it is also important for you to consider how you can prevent such a fate from befalling you and your loved ones.

Fortunately, resources are available to help you choose a nursing home that is safe and right for you or your loved one. One website, FloridaHealthFinder.gov, allows you to search a full list of Florida nursing homes and obtain information about each. The information available includes the number of beds, occupancy, daily rate, and any legal action taken against the home. By searching this website, you can discover whether a nursing home has been fined or otherwise disciplined for health and safety violations. Armed with this information, you will hopefully be able to make a fully informed decision that is right for you and your loved ones.

However, you should not merely rely on reports when making such an important decision. It might also be prudent to visit each nursing home in which you are interested in order to gain a full perspective. A nursing home may seem clean on paper, but a visit may uncover unsanitary conditions or raise concerns about supervision, nutrition, and medication administration.

Though there is a lot you can do to find a nursing home that is right for you and your loved one, you cannot render these institutions fail proof. Should you or a loved one be victimized by nursing home neglect, whether in the form of bedsores, a nursing home fall, or rapid weight loss, you may want to consider taking legal action.

Source: Agency for Health Care Administration, “Facility/Provider Search Results,” accessed on Feb. 12, 2015


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