Nursing Homes: Doing your homework can help avoid injury
As we age, so do our family and loved ones. Many of us are challenged by difficult decisions surrounding the future care and living arrangements for our parents and grandparents. A nursing home is a place for people who can’t be cared for at home and need 24- hour nursing care. Selecting the correct nursing home (also known as a “long term care” facility can be challenging. The process can often feel like car shopping— but the consequences of an uninformed choice can be dire. Consider using the Center for Medicare Services’ nursing home compare function (https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare). Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. This includes nursing home inspection results, staffing levels, enforcement actions that the federal government has taken against the nursing home and how well nursing home residents were treated in specific areas of care.
If you have a loved one that is in need of assistance, pay careful attention to the nursing home’s ratings in the following areas: health and safety inspections, staffing, quality of resident care and penalties. Many nursing homes are corporately owned and controlled. Examination of the corporation’s other facilities can be fruitful also.
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is always a challenging one. Proper research and a healthy dose of due diligence can help to ensure that your loved receives the safest, best care possible. Avoiding understaffed facilities can avoid the heartache caused by pressure ulcers, preventable falls and other injuries.
If you have any questions about nursing home care or elder abuse, please feel free to contact me in the office at 410-769-5400. I am always happy to assist with these difficult issues.
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