Dozens of new nursing homes and long-term care facilities have opened in Alabama over the last few years. Finding the right one for you or a loved one can take a lot of effort. You want to choose one that is both affordable and within a reasonable distance from friends and relatives. This can prove to be quite a challenge, especially for those who do not live near the state’s population centers.
Finding an affordable facility in a reasonable location are only two factors to consider. What is most important is that the facility you choose has a qualified, conscientious, and compassionate staff that provides a high standard of quality and care in addition to comfortable, modern amenities.
Accreditation by The Joint Commission’s Long Term Care Accreditation Program is one way of being sure that the facility you choose meets the highest standards of quality and care. The Joint Commission is the nation’s most prominent organization for setting quality and safety standards in the health care industry.
Why Choose an Accredited Nursing Home?
Becoming an accredited nursing home takes a significant investment of resources by the facility itself. The trade-off is that the facility’s residents and prospective residents know they are affiliating with the best of the best in the long-term care industry.
In choosing an accredited nursing home facility, you can be sure you are choosing an organized and well-run facility. Accredited nursing homes are subject to routine inspections by Joint Commission surveyors to ensure that the following standards are met or exceeded:
- Cleanliness and patient surveillance: Sanitary conditions are maintained and the prevention of infection and disease is a top concern. Residents are routinely checked on, with priority to those who are otherwise unable to take care of themselves.
- Ethics and patient’s rights: Patients are treated with compassion, respect and dignity, and their rights are upheld.
- Organization: This includes medication management, treatment schedules, the handling of patient information, and other services. Sufficient staff is available at all times and managerial and organizational performance and improvement is top priority.
Any number of things can be overlooked or neglected in a long-term care facility. Such negligence often leads to severe injury and wrongful death. For this reason, choosing a non-accredited nursing home and long-term care facility is a risk many are not willing to take.
If you live in the Mobile, Alabama and would like more information about accredited & non- accredited nursing homes facilities in this area, please contact Long & Long today by completing the form on this page or calling (251) 432-2277 for a free consultation.