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.
- Medicare.gov 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?