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Can you tell if a nursing home is caring for your loved one?

| Aug 14, 2018 | Nursing Home Neglect

You spent a considerable amount of time preparing yourself and your loved one for the transition into a nursing home. You poured over the internet for hours, searching for facilities that upheld the values you wanted your family member to be treated with. You conducted your own interviews, analyzed reviews and weighed your options. Finally, after choosing a nursing home in New York, you are wondering if there are ways that you can continue to monitor your loved one’s health and wellbeing even after he or she has become a resident. 

Monitoring the health, wellbeing and general happiness of your family member is critical to recognizing signs of abuse or neglect. When you are familiar with how your family member usually appears, you can be in tune when there are signs that something is wrong. According to U.S. News, one of the best things you can do is to continue to observe reports on the facility you have chosen, even after your family member has moved in. Be aware of the results of various inspections and how any problems were addressed. 

Pay attention to how well nursing home staff follow the policies that have been outlined in the information you have received. Observe their demeanor as well as that of your family member and other residents. Make the effort to visit your loved one on a regular basis to monitor his or her health and wellbeing. 

If you encounter a problem, know what your rights are. Additionally, understand how to properly escalate a concern without causing unnecessary friction or putting your loved one in danger. When you report any concerns in a timely manner, there is a much higher chance that a solution can be found before it is too late. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 


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