5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Nursing Home

Placing a loved one in a nursing home facility is an emotional and overwhelming decision.  The idea of entrusting the care of someone you love to complete strangers is uncomfortable and unsettling.  Choosing the facility that is the right fit for your family involves a fair amount of preparation and research.  But finding a facility that meets your loved one’s care needs will make the transition more comfortable for everyone.  Here are a few questions to ask when evaluating a potential nursing home for your loved one:

What is the food like?

It is a good idea to evaluate the food that is served in a nursing home cafeteria.  Elderly people have reduced taste sensations and reduced appetite, so it is important that the look, smell, and taste of the food they are served is appealing to them.  Food may meet dietary requirements, but it should also be palatable and visually encouraging.  Eating well every day will have a positive effect on a resident’s health.

What do you smell?

 Unusual and unpleasant smells are to be expected, but only to a certain extent.  Many nursing home residents take medications that cause flatulence.  Many also do not have bladder or bowel control, so accidents are inevitably going to happen.  But a strong urine odor is a sign of insufficient cleaning, and indicates that messes are not being cleaned up quickly or properly.

How does the staff address the residents?

Pay attention to how the nurses and aides address the residents they are caring for.  They should use the resident’s name, such as “Mr. Johnson” or “Mrs. Johnson”, instead of generic names like “Grandpa” or “Grandma”.  Using the resident’s name is a sign of respect and indicates that care is happening on a more personal level.

How do the staff interact with one another?

 Listen for conversations between staff members at any nursing home you are considering for your loved one.  It is important that there be a healthy flow of communication among the staff members and that they are treating one another with respect.  Openly displayed arguing, bickering, and frustration among staff members is never a good sign.

Is the staff overworked?

Ask the nurses and aides about their work schedules and shifts.  If staff members are consistently being asked to work a lot of overtime and double shifts, this indicates that the facility is understaffed.  An exhausted and overworked staff will have a negative impact on resident care.

At Thomas Law Offices, we believe that every Kentucky nursing home resident has the right to exceptional and respectful care.  If you feel that someone you love has experienced or is experiencing nursing home abuse, seek help from a Louisville nursing home abuse lawyer.  Our legal team is experienced in handling cases of nursing home abuse and will work to ensure that your loved one receives the excellent care they deserve.  Contact Thomas Law Offices for a free, zero-obligation consultation of your case today.

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