HELPFUL HINTS WHEN LOOKING FOR A NURSING HOME
Once you have arrived at the difficult decision of placing a loved one in the care of others, it is imperative that you follow a detailed checklist in selecting the nursing home or assisted living facility for your loved one.
There are many options available when deciding where to place your loved one, such as home health care, adult day care, residential group homes, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing homes. Each choice comes with expenses, which should be reviewed in detail prior to placement.
For help reviewing these choices or with planning for any of the issues that come with growing older, please contact the Nursing Home Justice Center in Las Vegas and ask about elder counseling.
Once you have reached a decision of the appropriate location for your loved one, you should perform the following steps in selecting the right facility.
- Personally visit the nursing home and use all your senses such as eyes, ears, nose, and taste. We recommend that you visit at different times of the day, including evenings, and observe all activities that are taking place in the home. Was the facility clean? Were the residents appropriately clothed? Was the staff interacting and speaking with the residents in a respectful manner? Was there an adequate number of staff for the residents?
- Be sure to ask questions of the staff, of the residents, and of family members of those residents as well. Find out from the residents and family members their likes and dislikes. Be sure not to talk only with the marketing department, but with the director of nursing and the administrator of the home as well.
- Ask the administrator if there has been any history of complaints, and check with the local ombudsman office to see if there has been a history of complaints.
- When choosing a nursing home, be sure it is in a convenient location to where a family member resides, which will allow you to make frequent visits without having to travel a long distance.
Once you have chosen a facility, be sure to maintain regular contact with the staff and involve yourself with the planning on behalf of your loved one.
Last, be sure to read in detail all forms and contracts you are signing on behalf of your loved one and insist that there not be a binding arbitration clause in the contract. You do not wish to waive your right to the court system in resolving any complaints which may arise.
For more information about any elder care issue, for help with nursing home abuse or neglect anywhere in Nevada or Florida, or if you or a loved one is being mistreated in a treatment center, please contact the Nursing Home Justice Center.
The Nursing Home Justice Center serves clients throughout the states of Florida or Nevada in communities such as Las Vegas, Orlando, North Las Vegas, Tampa, Henderson, Daytona Beach, Boulder City, Summerlin, Jacksonville, Reno, and Carson City.
Nursing Home Justice Center
3117 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, Florida 32804
(407) 540-0122 or
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