How to Choose the Right Nursing Facility
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Many Americans are tasked with trying to find the right
nursing home or assisted living facility for a loved one. It can be a challenging decision
to make because there are many facilities to choose from. How do you determine
which is a correct fit? Where do you even start when thinking about facilities?
Here are a few tips and what to look for when you’re visiting.
* How does it smell? Smell could be one of the first things you notice
upon entering the facility. Yes, some smells will happen from residents
who have gastrointestinal issues, but those can be cleared out. If the
facility smells of stale urine or mustiness, it may mean that it is not
* What do you hear? Are residents yelling or moaning? Endless beepers going
off alerting nurses of residents needing help? These are signals to pay
attention to and let you see how attentive the staff is towards their
residents. If patients are constantly yelling or needing assistance, it
may mean that they are understaffed.
* How’s the food? Check out the dining areas and the food. Does it
look appetizing? Does it taste good? Residents can suffer from malnourishment,
and this is a must check area.
* How do residents spend their time? Check and see if the facility offers
an activity calendar. Many facilities schedule events throughout the month
for residents to participate in. Check an activity or two and see if residents
are engaging in activities.
* How does the facility handle injuries or falls? Check with the nurses
on the protocol for injuries. What is done if a resident falls? Is the
family notified if there is an injury? A family member should be notified
of any and all slips, falls or injuries.
* Is the facility understaffed? Many incidents happen when facilities are
understaffed. Falls, injuries, abuse, and neglect can happen to residents
at any facility that does not employ enough capable and qualified staff members.
Obviously, anyone looking at these facilities wants the best possible care
for their loved one. Never hesitate to ask questions or voice concerns
that you may have. Research each facility you are interested in and visit
several times if needed. A nursing home or assisted living facility is
a big decision so make sure that you are comfortable with the facility
you choose. Suspecting that your loved one has been the victim of nursing
home negligence should lead to contacting a personal injury attorney immediately.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC have decades
of experience helping injury victims. Our attorneys understand how stressful
nursing home negligence is for the victim and their family. We focus on
the needs of our clients and strive for maximum compensation for their
injuries. We offer no-obligation consultations at our downtown St. Louis office.
Call us today to schedule your initial consultation and let us help you get the
care and compensation you deserve.