How to find a competent nursing home

Protect loved ones against possible negligence


To protect yourself or your aging loved ones, it's important to find a quality nursing home or long-term care center. Falls and negligence can lead to lawsuits, so it's important to put your loved ones in a safe and nurturing residence.

Here are some tips on how to make sure you are moving your loved ones into a quality establishment.

-          Visit the nursing home or center before committing to moving your loved one there.

- recommends calling your state health department or state licensing agency to see if there are any complaints or investigations of their home.

-          Look for any published surveys for the facility.

You also want to make sure your loved one is happy and has a good quality of life. Consider these questions as you choose a facility.

-          Will your loved one be treated well?

-          Can they have visitors throughout the day, or only at specific times?

-          What is their daily schedule?

-          How often are they bathed?

-          What activities and services are available?

-          Are pets allowed?

-          Is transportation provided to local activities, such as religious services?

-          Are they allowed to bring personal items to decorate their room with?

-          Are they allowed to leave the facility for special occasions or holidays?