Evaluate Nursing Homes Carefully

There comes a time in people’s lives when they may have to consider placing a loved one into an elder care facility. When this time comes, it is important to research facilities and take into mind the needs of your loved one. This will help make sure that they receive the care they need.

Before beginning the process of evaluating potential homes for your loved one, it is important to make a list of specific needs your loved one will require. If you need specialized care, such as the kind of care required for a patient with Alzheimer’s or dementia, this is something to take into consideration. Also, if you wish to have a religious affiliation.

No matter the specific kind of facility needed, there are some things that are requirements. You will definitely want to have a center with Medicare and Medicaid certification. Another key need is 24-hour nursing staff available to care for your loved one.

While tempting, try not to rely on word of mouth, website reviews, and the like alone when making a decision. You will want to physically visit each facility.

On these visits, make sure that you survey the employees. Pay attention to whether or not they seem short-staffed, and watch their interactions with their patients. Talk with the employees and try to gauge whether they are happy in their jobs at the facility.

Perhaps most importantly, you will want to gauge how the staff interacts with the patients. However, do not become alarmed at any moaning or cries from patients. This can be merely an indicator of their condition or the onset of dementia.

Finally, you will want to be fully apprised of the costs associated with such care. Carefully go over Medicaid and Medicare as well as private insurance providers as to determine how costs will be covered. There are also insurance plans for long term care facilities that offer their own benefits as well.

If you believe that you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact the law offices of Schenk Smith. Our attorneys specialize in elder abuse litigation cases. Contact us today.