Having to find a nursing home for a loved one may involve quick decision making, but that does not mean that some investigation is not necessary. A little research may go a long way in evaluating nursing homes. One key is to choose a nursing home close to your own home, so that frequent visits are possible. Second, you absolutely must tour the facility before making your family member a resident. On the tour, bad smells and staff who appear to be ignoring residents should be looked for. While these warning signs are easily seen, there are a few more subtle things to watch for. For example, if many residents are strapped into their wheelchairs, it could show inadequate staffing. It is mostly the small details that truly differentiate good nursing homes and bad ones, like whether residents’ fingernails are trimmed well or whether the female residents have their hair done. These tips can be key in choosing a nursing home, however, it is important to continue to watch after a loved one has begun living in the facility. A mindful family may be the best way to improve medical care for a nursing home resident as nursing home abuse and neglect may lead to problems such as: bed sores, falls, wandering and elopement, physical or chemical restraints, malnutrition, and medication errors.
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