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What are the most common hazards found in nursing homes?

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2018 | Nursing Home Neglect |

When the time comes for you to begin comparing nursing home facilities in New York, chances are you are looking for an establishment who is dedicated to providing your elderly loved one with committed and compassionate care. You may have compared varying factors related to location, availability of amenities, affordability and even the demeanor and condition of residents and staff members. Protecting your loved one and guaranteeing that he or she is treated humanely can be less of a concern when you find a facility who prioritizes the safety and well-being of their residents. 

Your awareness of the most common hazards found in nursing homes across the nation, can help you to be vigilant in your search to find a place that is free of visible dangers. According to Senior Directory, some of the most common and dangerous hazards include the following:

  • Walkways that are cluttered with obstacles that have to be navigated around to pass through safely.
  • Flooring that is insecure and poses a tripping hazard. 
  • Poorly lit areas that may be even dimmer to a person who suffers from vision problems.
  • Absence of facility locks and alert systems.
  • Noticeable neglect or abuse of residents living at the facility.
  • Bathrooms without handrails, chairs without armrests and other necessities that are not adequately modified for resident use.

As you begin taking a closer look at nursing homes for your loved one, pay considerable attention to the facility’s security and how they manage visitors. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.