Putting a parent, spouse or other loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision. But it is a decision that thousands of families must make every year.
When it comes to choosing a place for your loved one, it is important to know that not all nursing homes are created equal.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2013, there are 15,700 nursing homes in the United States housing 1.4 million nursing home residents.
How do you know if the nursing home you chose is a good one? How can you be sure that your loved one is safe? Here are a few ways to gauge how safe your loved one's nursing home is:
- Spend time at the nursing home: Get a feel for the quality of care provided by spending time with your loved one at the nursing home. What kind of foods are served? Is the nursing home clean? Is it well staffed? Do residents seem happy and well taken care of?
- Look for signs of abuse or neglect: Has your family member lost a significant amount of weight? Are there bruises or bed sores on his or her body? Any of these can be signs of abuse or neglect.
- Search online: You can do a search on Medicare.gov for nursing homes in Sacramento, Elk Grove or any location in the United States. You can find out how a nursing home has rated for health inspections, staffing, and overall rating.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, you should take immediate action to ensure that no further harm is done. Get your parent, grandparent or spouse somewhere safe and report the abuse to state agencies.
Next, talk to a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney about your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation. Guenard & Bozarth, LLP, can answer your specific questions during your free initial consultation. Please don't hesitate to contact us.