How can I make sure my loved one is in a safe nursing home?

When entrusting senior loved ones to the care of a skilled nursing facility, one should not have to worry about substandard care or mistreatment. But unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect are not uncommon, and it is important to take steps to ensure the safety of loved ones.

Family members should be aware of the overall quality of the nursing facility, as measured by objective standards. Family members can use the Nursing Home Compare tool at Medicare.gov to check the facility’s ratings in the categories of health and fire safety inspections, staffing, quality measures and penalties. In addition, one can visit the Nursing Home Guide at FloridaHealthFinder.gov to check inspection ratings, Gold Seal facilities and the Nursing Home Watch List.

In addition to using the available data, family members should visit their loved ones in the facility often, and pay attention to what they see and hear. It is important to look for general signs of cleanliness, adequate staffing levels and proper treatment and to watch for any warning signs of abuse or neglect.

If your loved one was harmed by nursing home abuse or neglect, contact Joyce & Reyes to learn more about your rights.

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