Finding a good nursing home is sometimes one of the most difficult things to do for our elderly loved ones. There are several ways to narrow down the choices as to which nursing home you will place you loved one in. Below are some things you can do to find a good nursing home and to make sure your loved one is being given the care they deserve.
Do not be fooled by flashy brochures provided by the nursing home. Most nursing homes are owned by large corporations and no matter what the brochure states the main job of the nursing home is to make money for its parent corporation. If the nursing home is understaffed and under supplied, the parent corporation makes more money, but patient care may suffer. You may want to do internet research on the parent company.
You can check with the state in which the nursing home is located. Most states have regulatory agencies that oversee the nursing home. Some things you will want to learn more about include:
1. Getting references from others who have had loved ones at the nursing home.
2. Finding out the staff-to-patient ratio. You want to make sure the nursing home is not understaffed.
3. The rights of the patients at the nursing home.
4. Make sure you visit the nursing home to see for yourself what the living conditions are.
You can find even more valuable information on how to find a good nursing home here at the North Carolina Division of Aging and Health Services website. If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, neglect, or injury, contact Duncan Law today to find out how we can help.