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How is nursing home quality measured?

Deciding to place a family member in a nursing home is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make. However, when in the person’s best interest, a nursing home or assisted living facility offers a higher level of care than you are capable of providing.

The key is to find a facility that is genuinely committed to the safety and well-being of residents. As explained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, you can measure nursing home quality by looking at certain factors.

Sociability

Patient care is at the heart of every nursing facility. Patients should have access to games and activities. They must spend time in areas outside their own rooms, whether that involves rec rooms or spending time outdoors. Facilities must incorporate these ideals into their day-to-day plans for the healthiest possible environment.

Safety

Proper care prevents injuries and illness from occurring. Bedridden patients should have their clothes and bedding changed regularly to prevent bedsores. Staff at nursing homes should also take proactive measures to prevent infections and illness, such as pneumonia and urinary tract infections. While illness and injury is sometimes inevitable, repeated issues signal a negligent staff.

Timeliness

Urgent situations require immediate assistance from qualified staff. Even when a home is at full capacity and a number of residents have significant medical needs, staff should respond to patient calls in a matter of minutes to assess the issue.

Staff

It takes a lot of professionals to staff a nursing home. Along with doctors and registered nurses, therapists, assistants, orderlies, and caregivers are also crucial for providing optimum care. Additionally, residents should receive sufficient care from different staff members as needed during their stay.

When looking for a nursing home, do you research. Read online reviews, call the facility, and request a tour. If you notice red flags or have questions about standards, bring them up immediately.

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