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How to Choose a Good Nursing Home For Your Loved One

by Jared Staver in Nursing Home Abuse, Personal Injury

When you decide that a nursing home is the right choice for your loved one, you’ll want to make sure you select a facility that provides them with quality care in a clean and safe environment. By taking the time to research and visit multiple nursing homes and thoroughly getting to know each one, you’ll reduce your risk of placing your senior in a home that abuses and neglects its residents.

The Chicago nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers from Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. recommend the tips below when choosing a nursing home for your elderly loved one. Call us at (312) 236-2900 for free, initial consult.

Nursing Home Research

In order to determine which nursing homes are worth visiting, you should conduct some research. To do so, you can visit Medicare.gov’s Nursing Home Compare page and view information on any Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in your area.

You’ll gain access to health inspection reports, fire inspection reports, and ratings on staff and quality. With this resource, you’ll be able to uncover any violations and figure out which nursing homes you should visit and which ones to avoid.

Questions to Ask Nursing Homes

Once you’ve decided which certified and accredited nursing homes you’d like to visit, it’s a good idea to make a list of questions to ask each facility and take notes while they are being answered. This way, you won’t forget any important questions and be able to easily compare the nursing homes you visit.

Here is a brief list of questions you should always ask when visiting a nursing home:

  • What are your costs and how does payment work?
  • What is the caregiver to patient ratio?
  • How much independence do your residents have?
  • What safety precautions have you implemented to prevent accidents?
  • What is your procedure for handling falls?
  • How do you dispense medication?
  • What activities and special events are offered?
  • What types of meals are served?
  • How often is visitation allowed?

After taking a tour of each nursing home and getting answers to your questions, you should speak to friends and family to find out if they have experience with any of the nursing homes you visited or any recommendations on a nursing home facility you were either unaware of or have not yet visited.

How to Make the Final Decision

When making a final decision, take your personal research, the answers to the questions you asked at each nursing home, family and friend feedback and recommendations, and your gut feeling into consideration. To confirm that you’ve selected the right nursing home, you can visit the facility once again as an unscheduled drop in and observe the safety and cleanliness of the facility, watch the way the staff behaves with the residents, evaluate the food quality, and make sure you don’t spot any red flags.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

The Chicago nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers from Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. are available to answer any questions you may have about how to choose a nursing home. We are also here to represent you and your senior loved one in a claim if they are ever abused or neglected in a nursing home facility.

Call us today at (312) 236-2900 for a free, initial consultation.