How to Choose a Good Nursing Home

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is difficult. You want to make sure that they are being cared for properly and most importantly, in a safe environment. Nursing home abuse is an issue for one in every three nursing homes. Before choosing a home for your loved one, make sure you have checked that the home will be a safe environment.

Continue reading to find out what questions to ask and what to look out for when choosing a nursing home for your loved one by Kaplan & Lukowski.

Do you see any signs of bruising on residents?

Nursing home abuse is an issue in a lot of homes. Not every bruise is something to be concerned about because as people age, their skin becomes more fragile and they can bruise easily.

You should look out for finger or hand shaped bruises on the upper arm, face, back or stomach. Bruises in places that are unlikely to be the result of a fall should be of concern.

What is the home’s policy on falls?

Falling can be common in nursing homes because elders typically get frail and weak. Ask about their policies to determine if they are handling falls correctly. The staff should help the patient up, check for injuries and treat any injury that may have occurred. A family member should always be notified in the case of a fall. Ignoring injuries and not telling family members is a sign that the home is not a safe space.

Does the nursing home look and smell clean?

Some smells are normal in a nursing home, but others could be a sign of neglect. If the home smells like urine, the residents or the environment may not be getting cleaned properly. If this is the case, it is not an environment that you want your love one to be living in.

Is the home fully staffed?

Find out if the nurses work many double shifts and how long their hours are. If they are being overworked, it can affect patient care. An overworked staff is usually an over-stressed staff. Ask about the staffing ratio.

If there are poor staffing ratios, this could be a sign of patient neglect. You want to be sure your loved one is safe and being cared for properly, so make sure the home has a good staffing ratio.

Are residents’ personal care needs being met?

Residents should be taken to the restroom regularly, get their medications on time and have good hygiene.  If the residents in the home don’t appear to be taken care of, this is a sign of neglect.

Resources for Finding the Right Nursing Home

Nursing homes that get money from the government are required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to be inspected by the state. If a home does not pass the inspection, then it is not certified. When visiting a home, ask to see the current inspection report and certification.

Medicare has a great resource to find certified homes in your area. On their website, you can find inspection reports and summaries. Nursing Home Compare allows you to compare homes in your area so you can find the best home for your loved one. It gives information on quality of care and staffing information for over 15,000 certified nursing homes in the country.

Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

If your loved one has experienced any abuse or neglect in a nursing home, contact the Atlanta nursing home abuse attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP for a no-obligation consultation today.