Numerous aging adults end up moving into potentially dangerous nursing homes where neglect, abuse and poor care happen on a regular basis. If you're in the position where you need to move into a nursing facility -- or if your loved one needs to move into a nursing home -- make sure you do the following before selecting one:
Determine what you need: Consider what the future nursing home resident needs in terms of care, physical therapy, meals, hospice services, religious connections and other services. Does the resident need help for dementia? Do you want to select a place where your friends and family can visit regularly?
Ask people who know: Ask your doctor, nurse, social worker, friends, relatives and religious groups what they recommend for nursing homes. These individuals may have experience dealing with different nursing homes in the area.
Contact the homes you have in mind: Reach out to the nursing facilities on your list and ask about how much they cost, whether there's a waiting list and any other important questions.
Visit the facility: You'll want to visit the nursing facility you're considering to speak with the director and tour the building.
Ask lots of questions: Make sure that you ask questions about bad odors you find at the facility. Ask about how long the various directors and management at the facility have been there. One sign that something is wrong relates to a high turnover rate. See if you can speak with any of the residents who currently live there.
Visit the facility again: Go to the nursing facility a second time, but don't call before doing so. And go at a different time, so you'll meet other staff members. Check the dining room and ask to have a meal to see how the food is.
Learn about the contract: You will want to fully understand the contract before you or your loved one moves into the facility. If necessary, ask an attorney to help you understand the contract's terms if there's something you don't fully understand.
If your loved one suffers injuries as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse, our law office is standing by to advise you of your legal rights and options. Please contact us to discuss your situation.