Choosing to put your elderly loved ones in an assisted living facility or nursing home is often a tough decision. You want to be certain that wherever you have them live not only provides a clean and welcoming environment, but also will be a safe place for them to reside. Doing your homework on nursing homes, looking at their track record and making sure they are certified, can ultimately save you grief and your loved ones from potential abuse or neglect.
It is generally a good idea to speak with a Long-Term Care Ombudsman before making this choice. These ombudsmen are trained on how to help you find the best quality care facilities for your elderly loved ones. In fact, they are advocates for these care home residents and they seek regularly to put a stop to any abuse complaints they hear about. To find your local ombudsmen, click here and give them a call so that they can help direct your search as you find the right living facility for your family member.
Medicare.gov also provides an excellent resource called Nursing Home Compare. This provides a list of Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes throughout the country and allows you to compare information between these different care facilities. Each nursing home is rated on a five-star scale, based on
- health inspections
- quality measures
Additionally, this government website also provides a helpful checklist to look at when considering a nursing home for you elderly family member.
Do not be afraid to take your time in making this decision, as it will impact not only the future of your loved ones, but also yours as well. Should you already have your loved ones in a home and you are worried it is not a good place, due to rumors of elder abuse or neglect, let Newman Law Group LLP step in and help you. We can fight to protect your rights with over 30 years of combined legal experience.
Call our Sacramento elder abuse attorney at (916) 900-1114 today!