The time comes in most people’s lives when they require assistance and can no longer live alone. One of the most common alternatives is to choose a nursing home facility that will provide the care and supervision your loved one needs. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are more than 1,200 long term care facilities that serve more than 100,000 residents in Illinois. With so many choices to pick from the decision of where to place your loved one can be a difficult one. There are some important considerations to think about when you are choosing a nursing home.
Long Term Care Facilities
A long term care facility may be the best option when the person requires assistance with daily activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, and walking. Another reason a person may need to stay in a long term care facility is when he requires medical aid. This type of care may range from minor help to major care following surgery. Determine the type of care that your loved one requires and review the available nursing homes to find the ones that fit these needs. Now, with a short list of options you can begin some further review.
Factors to Consider
One of the most important factors to consider is the cost of the facility and what portion will be paid by Medicare, Medicaid, or insurance. Generally, skilled nursing is required only for those who have been approved by their physician. In addition to cost, there are some other things to think about when choosing a facility.
- Size of Facility
- Number of Employees
- Quality of Food
- Prior Reports of Neglect
- Wishes of Your Relative
It is important to think about these issues before you sign the contract. It is never an easy process to move a resident from one facility to another, not to mention that it can be upsetting to your loved one. With this in mind, it is important to try to make the best choice possible.
Schedule a Visit
You wouldn’t rent an apartment by simply looking at the brochure and you shouldn’t select a nursing home that way either. Schedule a visit with your top options. It is best to try to visit on a normal day when you can observe the typical routine. You should speak with the manager and tour the facility to make sure that it meets your expectations. View how the residents interact with the staff members and note how quickly they respond to the patient’s needs.
Check for Previous Complaints
Many nursing homes have had complaints filed against them. Not all complaints result in lawsuits. When a nursing home has had legal claims filed against them it may mean that the nursing home was negligent. Avoid those nursing facilities that have had repeated negligence lawsuits against them. Check online reviews to see what others have to say about the facilities. It is essential to try to protect your relative against the possibility of neglect.
If your loved one suffered nursing home neglect you may need to take legal action. Call the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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