Selecting a Nursing Home: Easy Tips to Make the Right Choice

There comes a time in most of our lives when we are presented with an important question — Which nursing home is best for a loved one?

When asking yourself this question, there are a lot of factors that you need to take into consideration. The truth of the matter is that this selection requires a lot of research and a lot of planning. This can be a stressful decision, and our North Carolina nursing home neglect attorneys understand a little research can go a long way toward keeping an elderly family member safe.
1.) Make a list. You’re going to want to lay out a list of homes that you’re considering and homes that you’ve already visited. Take time to visit each home you’re thinking about. It’s a good idea to put your name on the waiting list, too. You can start checking out homes on the Senior Housing Directory. Putting yourself on the waiting list does not lock you into a home, but it helps to give you options when a decision needs to be made.

2.) Know what you need. If your loved one requires special health services, like speech therapy, occupational or physical therapy, Alzheimer care, I.V. care, oxygen or tube feeding, understand the options for advanced care at the various nursing homes. If your loved one needs any of these services, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re looking for homes that provide them. Not all homes offer many of these services. You’re also going to want to look at the size, location and level of care at each facility. The home’s affiliation is also important, like if its affiliated with a church, a private, or a corporate entity and whether it’s profit or non-profit.

3.) Visit each home. This is one of the most important items on this list. You wouldn’t buy a new car without seeing it or testing it out. Make sure you visit nursing homes under consideration. Go and see how they function during off-peak hours. Are they well-staffed? Are the residents comfortable and taken care of? It’s a good idea to make more than one visit.

4.) Plan out your visit. You want to make sure that all grounds are covered. Consider activity directors, social services staff, dietary staff, nursing assistants, nurses and even administrators. Make sure you talk to some of the residents in the home. Talk with their families, too. Try to get every angle of the real story.

5.) Involve your loved one. When choosing a home, make sure that your elderly loved one has a say in the process, they’re the ones that are going to be staying there after all. When you involve your loved one and you discuss options with them before looking into these homes, you will limit disagreement and make the process more bearable for everyone who is involved.

6.) Check ratings. One of the most important things you can do is look into the ratings and the complaints of nursing homes. You can visit the Medicare website and other readily available resources to complete your research before choosing a home.

If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, contact Lee Law Offices P.A. to schedule a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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