It is ideal to find a nursing home that is both affordable and close to family and friends. However, what is more important is that you choose a long-term care facility that provides a high standard of quality and care. Shopping for the right nursing home can be difficult, particularly for those who live in rural areas. Those who live near a big city and have multiple facilities to choose from can be easily overwhelmed by all of the options available. With several new facilities opening in the last few years and more opening soon, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
With cases of nursing home abuse and neglect on the rise, you will want to take special care in choosing a safe, well-staffed facility. Here are some things to consider:
- Word of mouth: Ask friends and family who have first-hand experience with any of the nearby nursing homes. What do they have to say about the facilities?
- Ratings: The vast majority of nursing homes are inspected by Medicare auditors and given a rating based on quality, safety, and performance. These ratings are kept current and will provide you with the best idea of what you can expect from the facility. Any incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect will show up on these records.
- Make an unannounced personal visit: This will give you a good sense of how the facility operates on a day-to-day basis. Be sure to ask both the residents and staff about cleanliness, safety, recreational activities, staff qualifications, and any special medical services you may need. Bring a checklist along with you to help ensure that you get the most from your visit.
- Accreditation: Facilities that are accredited by the Joint Commission are subject to routine inspections, ensuring that they meet the highest quality and safety standards. Please visit our page on accredited versus non-accredited nursing homes for a complete discussion.
If you live in the Mobile, Alabama area and are in search of a safe nursing home, or have questions about the quality and safety records of local long-term care facilities, we can help. Please contact the law firm of Long & Long today by calling (251) 432-2277 or filling out the form on this page.