It may be a difficult task to find the best nursing home for your loved one, but there are a few things to consider that may make the decision a bit easier.
Once you have a facility in mind, it is important to conduct a bit of your own research. Most nursing homes receive ratings and detailed reviews from family members of current or previous residents. If you do not know of any reputable nursing homes, it would be best to ask around (trusted family, friends, or healthcare provider) or visit the Georgia Department of Human Services website to find a nursing home to fit the needs of your loved one.
When you have narrowed the list, the next step is to visit the potential future residence of your loved one. A few things to find out when visiting:
What is the nurse to patient ratio? This is an important number because it bears directly on the amount of care your loved one will receive.
What is the quality of the living arrangements and food? Quality and timely meal service helps to ensure against common nursing home injuries like malnutrition and dehydration.
What are daily routines and activities for the current residents? The more interaction that the nursing home staff has with your loved one, the better. An engaged staff is less likely to neglect your loved one.
Lastly, nursing homes should disclose any type of information pertaining to the safety of your loved one without any type of hassle. If you are getting stone-walled about safety information, that nursing home may not be right for you.
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home or other long term care facility, please call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta nursing home neglect lawyers today.