What should I know about nursing homes?

What should I know about nursing homes?

| Aug 3, 2020 | Firm News

Finding a safe place for professionals to care for your loved one is a difficult challenge. How can you be sure that you are choosing the right place for your elderly family to stay? Arming yourself with the proper knowledge is the first step in finding the right home for your loved one.

Unfortunately, elder abuse is more common than anyone would like to think. You can help protect your loved one from elder abuse by knowing a few things before choosing a home.  

Not every nursing home is the same

Each home has a unique staff with different levels of skill. When you are shopping around for a home for your loved one, do not assume that the first place you look at can offer the care you need. Look around between multiple locations to ensure you are getting what you are looking for.

Read the paperwork

If you find a place that suits your needs, do not sign anything without an attorney reviewing the documents first. Admission agreements can have wording in them that keep a home from being liable for specific injuries or illnesses. There may be other loopholes or other text that can be detrimental to your loved one.

Residents of a home still have rights

Residents have rights, even in a nursing home. These people have the right to have control over their health. These rights mean that they have the right to choose their doctor, deny or accept treatment, accommodation towards and preferences of food, entertainment, privacy, and to be free from abuse. You do not have to allow a nursing home to make your loved one’s important decisions.

You do not have to make a choice alone

You want what is best for your loved one, consult with a nurse or social worker who can help you identify what you need to consider. An elder law attorney can also assist you by reviewing any contracts or agreements you may encounter.

Make sure you scrutinize the home you are considering for your loved one. Read the documents they offer, protect your loved one’s rights, and make sure the home you choose is right for them.