When an elderly family member needs frequent and skilled care, a nursing home may be the best option. However, not all nursing homes treat patients in their care with the same level of skill and attention. An educated and alert family member can do much to avoid nursing homes that may pose an increased risk of abuse or neglect.
When you’re looking for a nursing home, keep in mind these tips from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and your experienced Dallas, Texas nursing home abuse and neglect attorney:
- Visit each nursing home before you choose. You can ask trusted friends, family and doctors for recommendations, but also be sure to visit each nursing home yourself before you make a decision.
- Watch for signs of good (and bad) care. Is the nursing home clean and well-lit? Do patients seem comfortable and content? Do staff members appear relaxed and confident, or are they hurried, grumpy or frustrated?
- Take advantage of free tools. Use Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare search engine to compare information on nursing homes. The system ranks quality of nursing homes based on several factors, which can give you an “inside look” at care in the facility.
- Get your questions answered. Talk to nursing home staff about your loved one’s particular needs, and pay attention to the answers. Does it sound as if staff members here understand your loved one’s needs and will respond to them appropriately? Don’t accept vague answers like “we have everything under control.” Instead, ask for specifics.
- Know where to turn if you need help. If your loved one suffers harm despite your best efforts to choose the right nursing home, don’t hesitate to seek the help of an attorney who can help protect your loved one’s legal rights.
At The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson, we have helped many families protect their elderly loved ones from abuse and neglect. Call us today toll-free at (800) 738-4046 for more information on our legal services.