Placing your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be a painful, but necessary decision. When it comes time to leave a family member in the care of another, there will be many questions: how will i know that he or she will be provided for? How can i be sure that the staff will be engaging, caring, and responsible?
The bottom line is that no facility can guarantee your loved one’s safety. In fact, recent studies suggest that 3 out of 4 nursing homes are guilty of neglect or abuse.
However, there are things that you can do that will help prevent neglect.
First, when selecting a nursing home, tour the grounds. How does it smell? Elder care facilities often have a “hospital” smell. But, if you smell waste or urine, this is an indication of overworked staff, and a sign that your loved one may not get proper care. Do you see that the residents are engaged, like playing games or other activities? High staff interaction is a good indication that the residents are properly cared for.
Second, once your loved one has been placed in the facility, visit as often as possible, and at different times. Studies indicate that higher family interaction lower the risk of nursing home abuse. Staff are less likely to abuse or neglect a resident when they are under the scrutiny of close family members.
Third, get to know that nursing home nurses, doctors, and staff on a first name basis. Elder care facilities are required to implement comprehensive care plans for residents. Review this document. Ask questions, and follow up with any treatment or activity planned for your loved one. Being vigilant helps reduce the risk of falling through the cracks.
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home or assisted living facility, please feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced injury lawyers today.