Elderly Abuse in Nursing Homes
When choosing a nursing home it is a good
idea to allow your loved one to have a large role in deciding which
nursing home facility will best suit their needs. If possible, picking
a nursing home that is located near family and friends will allow
visitations to be more frequent.
Finding out as much information about each prospective
nursing home facility by talking to the long-term care ombudsman
is a good start because they are in charge of responding to and
investigating complaints made against the nursing home facility.
Many healthcare professionals are familiar with nursing homes and
getting their advice and
feedback about facilities they have heard about can be helpful.
While visiting a particular nursing home it can be especially helpful
to speak with visiting family and friends of that nursing home,
the residents that reside there, and the staff.
Continuing to ask questions about the nursing home
facility and to the workers can help identify any situations that
may not be ideal. Good questions to consider are:
-What type of reputation does the nursing home
-How many violations were filed against the nursing
-Have there been a high number of complaints against
the nursing home, and if so what do the complaints encompass?
-Have a high number of nursing home residents been
taken to hospitals due to injuries caused by improper care or neglect?
-How does the staff interact with the nursing home
-Does there appear to be an ample amount of staff
and nursing assistants to be able to handle any emergency situations
and individual need that may be required?
-Is there a high turnover with the nursing home
-Will any individual needs the nursing home resident
have be able to be attended to?
-Does the nursing home facility appear to have
an ample amount of linens and other materials available?
-Does the food provided incorporate a well-balanced
meal, personal taste and choice?
-Does the nursing home facility appear well kept
Review the state surveys of every nursing home
that is being considered. Any facility that is part of Medicare
and Medicaid is required to allow people to view the inspection
reports. After narrowing down the choices of nursing home facilities
the family members should plan multiple visits to the home at different
times. This will allow the family to get a better understanding
of what goes on at the nursing home at different times of day and
to notice if different staff members are inconsistent with their
behavior and treatment of the residents. Visiting at different times
can help demonstrate if there are plenty of activities available
for nursing home residents.
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