With the average cost of nursing home care at about $200 a day—not including specialized care for Alzheimer’s or dementia patients— you have to be a proactive consumer. You’re not looking for a convenient place to stick your father; it’s going to be his home—perhaps for the rest of his life.
Begin by Doing Your Research
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services prepare an annual report on 15,000 U.S. nursing homes, including such information as health inspection ratings, staffing, and quality measures. You can locate information on your local nursing homes at medicare.gov, then choose “nursing home compare.” The site has other resources, including a useful online brochure called “Medicare’s Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home.”
Visit Nursing Homes More Than Once
Larry Minnix, chief executive of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, says that nothing substitutes for what you see, hear, and smell when you visit a nursing home. You must visit more than once, at different times of the day and on different days of the week. Take along the checklist from the Nursing Home Compare website.
Ask the Right Questions
These two questions can significantly affect the quality of your father’s nursing home experience:
- Do you practice person-centered care? Do the staff find out about and acknowledge the background, experiences, and preferences of the residents?
- Do you emphasize consistent assignment? Being regularly cared for by the same caregiver improves a resident’s quality of care and quality of life.
Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?
If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.