Many times, around the holidays and at family gatherings, the topic of an older loved one needing to live in a nursing home in the near future comes up. However, most people do not know where to start when it comes to researching a nursing home.
While many long-term care facilities provide excellent care, there are also many reports by nursing home residents of abuse, mistreatment and neglect. Before selecting a nursing home for your elderly loved one, it is important to find out quality ratings about a facility’s performance on health inspections and details about staffing, such as hours of care provided per resident. Other quality measures you should research include the percentage of residents with a pressure sore (bed sore) and other health issues.
One great resource is the Nursing Home Compare report at Medicare.gov, which provides a wealth of information and comparisons of all Medicare- and Medicaid-participating nursing homes. It also allows one to research the quality of care at specific nursing homes, and as well as staffing information.
You should talk with an experienced personal injury attorney if you feel you or a loved one has been the victim of neglect or injury in a nursing home or by any long-term care provider. At Dixon Law Office, we have helped many injury victims, and we can help you, too. Contact us today at 888/354-9880 or click here to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys.