Selecting the Best Matched Nursing Home
Making the right decision for the appropriate nursing home is a critical turning point for the family of a loved one in need of nursing home care. It is important to understand the nursing home’s basic services. It is also important to distinguish between different nursing homes, its facilities, its most important personnel and in particular where your loved one would be housed.
Nursing homes are different in a variety of ways ranging from the quality of its facilities to the services it offers. Much of the choice of the nursing home for your loved one is dependent on the needs of the person. If it is an elderly person is afflicted with medical issues, mobility issues, infirmities or cognitive deficiencies, all of these considerations must be weighed before committing to a nursing home.
Because there are so many choices, the family, friends and companions should visit as many conveniently located nursing facilities as possible. Each time an appointment is made it should be with the nursing home director so that a tour of the facilities at different times of the day can be done. For example, it is revealing to see the dining room during dining room hours as it is to see physical therapy being done at physical therapy hours. In other words, do not rely on words to act as a demonstration as to what services may be provided. It is best for the nursing home director show the family how it is best suited for your loved one.
Nursing homes should supply at the least nutritious meals, nursing supervision, medical rounds by a physician and social activities like movies and shows and music for those residents. It is imperative that nutritional needs of your loved one are met.
Nursing homes should also supply 24 hours a day nursing supervision by on-site staff of registered nurse, licensed practical nurses and vocational nurses and aides.
Lastly, it is very important to identify the special needs of the loved one who may potentially be a resident. That must include nutritional needs. Often times nursing facilities are not equipped to handle certain kinds of medical conditions for residents. By way of example, there are certain nursing homes that deal very well with individuals stricken by dementia, but others do a poor job. Some nursing homes are well-equipped to handle fall risk patients or residents where as others are not as well-equipped or staffed.
In addition to keeping your loved one safe and healthy, it is important to understand and know that nursing home abuse does take place. Please check our other nursing home abuse pages for additional information on nursing homes.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of nursing home abuse, contact Kreisman Law Offices.
Robert Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been handling Chicago and Illinois nursing home abuse cases for more than 40 years. Kreisman Law Offices has prevailed in trials and settlements in Chicago, Illinois and surrounding communities and has successfully resolved cases for those injured or abused in nursing homes for these many years.
With our years of experience in trying and settling nursing home abuse cases, Kreisman Law Offices provides the best possible services to our clients and have achieved unsurpassed results. Our service is unmatched. Please call us 24 hours a day at 312.346.0045 or toll free 800.583.8002 for a free and immediate consultation, or complete a contact form online.