Choosing a nursing home can be difficult. You want your loved ones to have the best care and attention, but finding a location that offers those things is a tall order. Fortunately, securing the best nursing home is simply a process of due diligence. When you understand what to look for in a nursing home, it’s easier to find a great fit.
Here’s what you need to know.
5 Things to Consider While Choosing a Nursing Home
Whether you have an immediate nursing home need or are looking for a placement for a loved one in the coming months or years, these considerations will help you find the perfect match:
1. “Must-Have” Programs and Features
The first step in finding a great nursing home is to consider the features that are truly important to you and your loved one. For example, maybe you want a nursing home that offers a religious care perspective, comprehensive physical therapy, or organic meals.
Maybe you want a centrally-located nursing home, so friends and family can visit. No matter what the case may be, making a list of your “must-haves” will guide your entire search process.
2. Resident Experience
One of the essential considerations for any nursing home is how it treats its residents. There are two excellent ways to determine this. The first is to talk to residents that currently live at the nursing home.
If you can get a recommendation for a friend or family member that’s already there, that’s an excellent vote of confidence. If you don’t know anyone in the nursing home, speak to residents during your tour of the facility.
Another excellent way to figure out what the resident experience is like is to read online reviews of the nursing home. This will give you a solid idea of how the nursing home interacts with patients and their families.
Price is a significant consideration when it comes to finding a nursing home. Before you sign on with any particular nursing home, have a comprehensive conversation about pricing. Can you afford nursing home care? If not, are there programs available that will make the care more accessible? The nursing home billing staff is an excellent resource for these questions.
4. History of Abuse and Neglect Allegations
You know you can background check people, but what about nursing homes? As it turns out, there are many ways of checking into whether a nursing home has been through nursing home litigation in the past. Here are a few great tools to use:
- ProPublica Nursing Homes Inspect Tool. This is a non-profit tool that works with state agencies to create a guide of nursing home inspections, all available digitally.
- NursingHomes.com. Nursinghomes.com is a referral service that connects families with advisors who can evaluate your nursing home needs and help you find the best match. This service has ample details on inspection violation details, elder abuse allegations, medical malpractice allegations, location information, and staff turnover rates of hundreds of nursing homes around the country.
- Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. This US Government website provides a list of Medicaid and Medicare-certified facilities in your area. You can access PDFs of recent reports that detail enforcement programs after a nursing home has been cited on a violation or has been subject to nursing home litigation, which is helpful for people who are concerned about the security of the home they choose.
- LongTermScoreCard. Long Term Scorecard is an extension of AARP’s caregiving branch. It ranks all long-term care facilities in the U.S. based on things like individual performance and the quality of their elder care.
5. Quality of Living
More than anything else, a nursing home should feel like home. You want to be sure the facility offers a pleasant living experience. With this in mind, take a look at things like program quality, resource availability, and more. These things are all good indicators of a nursing home’s overall quality.
Finding the Best Nursing Home for Your Family
Choosing a nursing home for your family member or loved one can be a complicated process. By following these five tips, though, you can secure a good fit for you and your family.
Have you encountered elder abuse or neglect issues with a nursing home you trusted? Contact McGrady Law today for skilled nursing home litigation and support.