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What to Look for in Choosing a Nursing Home


If you have an elderly or infirm parent or loved one who needs constant care, you are not alone. As America ages, more and more people are spending sleepless hours struggling with the difficult decision as to whether they’re capable of providing for all of their loved ones’ many needs. If you’ve decided that you can’t do it and need to entrust their care to a nursing home, you may think that the hard part is over – in truth it has only just begun. Now you need to find the right facility, and that requires a tremendous amount of research, legwork, and after all is said and done, a huge leap of faith that the nursing home that you select will provide the care that they promise in their brochure. Nursing home abuse and neglect are not just news stories: they are happening to residents of nursing homes all around the country on a daily basis, and that’s why it is so important that you take the time to truly investigate each facility that you are considering and that you know what to be on the lookout for. The personal injury attorneys at Philly Justice have provided legal guidance to many families whose loved ones have been victims, and we are dedicated to making sure that you know what to look for in choosing a nursing home that will provide you with peace of mind and your loved one with the care that they need.

The first thing that you need to do is to speak to your loved one’s physician so that you have a good understanding of the type of care that they need. Do they need to be on a ventilator? That requires a specialized facility. The same is true for those suffering from dementia, who need memory care. Once you’ve identified any specialized services you require you need to identify facilities that are in your area that provide them and start making appointments to visit them. Asking friends and neighbors for recommendations is a good idea, and so is visiting a number of review websites. Social workers or estate planners can also be valuable sources of information and recommendations.

It is essential that you visit any facility that you are considering, and that you take the time to ask the administrators and staff of any nursing home specific questions about the care that they provide. Some of the questions you need answers to include:

  • What is the ratio of staff to residents
  • Does the same staff member provide care all the time, or do they rotate
  • What type of therapies are available

Just as important as getting the answers to these questions are the observations you are able to make for yourself. Is the nursing home clean? Are the residents engaged and happy or are they left to sit in hallways unattended? What is the quality of the food?

Choosing the right nursing home on behalf of a loved one is essential for their safety and wellbeing, and no matter how hard you try there is always the possibility that there will be a hidden danger that you couldn’t anticipate. If this happens and your loved one suffers abuse or neglect, the compassionate attorneys at Philly Justice can help. Contact us today if you need help.