If you have a loved one who is going to need more care than your family can give them at home, chances are you have looked into at least one nursing home facility. But did you really know what to look for?
A nursing home is only as good as the family who takes you there. The family must be involved to ensure the loved one receives all the care that he or she needs. You have to be vigilant; and don’t just visit one or two facilities – check out several in the area in which you live. All nursing homes are not created equal.
So, what are some of the things you can and should do to ensure the safety and health of a loved one in a nursing home?
- You have to visit the facilities at weird times, go there at odd hours, such as overnight, and visit on different days.
- Make sure the people working there are getting the job done the way it is supposed to be done.
One of the things to be wary of is a nursing home with fewer employees than are necessary.
- Make sure that the patient to staff ratio is adequate, especially during overnight hours.
When the staff is sparse, patients don’t get fed properly, they may not get their medications on time, or they may receive the wrong medicine.
- Make sure that bed linens are changed often so that your loved one doesn’t lie in their own waste.
- Also, if the patient is bed-bound, staff should be moving them and changing their position in the bed so that bed sores do not form.
Be vigilant while choosing a place to care for your loved one, and be aware of what is happening once you have decided on a nursing home. If you have any issues with the nursing home who is caring for your elderly patient, contact one of our attorneys who specialize in these cases.
If you have legal questions about a nursing home or eldercare facility, please consult our Online Legal Directory to find an attorney in your area.