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Prevent Elder Abuse: Tips for Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility

Published on May 22, 2013 at 8:00 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

When we place elderly loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, we want to rest assured that they are getting the care they need. This includes not only medical care, but personal attention, a sense of community, and protection.

Kentucky Elder Abuse PreventionWhile most Kentucky nursing homes take this responsibility seriously, others do not, placing residents at risk of nursing home abuse or neglect. An experienced Kentucky nursing home abuse attorney can help you protect a loved one’s rights, but you can also help reduce the risk of injury due to abuse or neglect by choosing a nursing home carefully.  Some tips for choosing a long-term care facility include:

  • Plan ahead. If possible, start researching facilities before your loved one will actually need to move in.  This gives you and your family the chance to gather information and ensure your elderly family member’s needs will be met.
  • Use online resources. The State of Kentucky provides inspection results and other information about the state’s various nursing homes, which are all available online.
  • Visit the facility. Meet the administrator, and ask for a tour that includes the entire facility, not just one wing or one floor. Ask to see the facility’s license and a copy of its latest inspection report.
  • Choose a nearby facility, if possible. The closer you and your family are to the nursing home, the easier it is for you to make regular visits to check up on your loved one. This gives you greater opportunities to assess your loved one’s care and enables you to respond quickly if an emergency occurs.
  • Be observant and ask questions.  Watch how residents are treated by staff members, and don’t hesitate to ask questions or raise objections if something seems wrong.