How to find a competent nursing home


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?