When we decide to put the ones we love in nursing homes, this is a really difficult and emotional decision and we all want to make sure we choose the best possible place for them. However, for many people, including Tennessee residents, the process can seem overwhelming and it is tough to know where to begin. Here are some tips for choosing the right nursing home to help make the difficult process a little easier for everyone. If you have any legal concerns or questions, it is a good idea to speak with a Tennessee nursing home lawyer right away. They will hear your concerns, answer your questions and work with you to make sure your loved one receives the best care possible.
• First it is a good idea to check things out Look at the atmosphere, and make sure it’s warm, inviting, and the kind of place your loved one would feel comfortable in. Look at how the staff treats their patients. Are they compassionate, kind, and considerate as well as respectful? Do the residents seem happy? Check out the living conditions. Are the rooms spacious? Does the dining area provide healthy food items and special diet program? Are there activities for the residents? What kind of training does each staff member receive? Who handles problems or concerns? Do not be afraid to ask these questions and more and also be aware of your surroundings, making notes when needed.
• Look for cleanliness
A good nursing home facility should be clean and also keep their patients and their rooms clean as well. Ask how often the residents receive a bath or shower and if special care is taken for their medical needs. Ask how often bed linens are changed and how often bed ridden patients are bathed, changed and their medical needs tended to. If you have any concerns about the cleanliness speak up.
• Consider the population of the nursing home
Does the facility have adequate space to meet the needs and wants of all of its residents? What kind of therapy, social and emotional activities or guidance is available to the residents? Is there space for them to sit outside and be safe? What kind of medical units does the facility have for specific medical needs? What is the facility’s visiting policy?
• Find out about Safety and Emergency Plans and Polices
What is the facility policy concerning safety? What kind of emergency and medical plans are available? How many doctors, nurses and specialists are available? Is there a pharmacy? How is the giving out of medication handled? Are there hospitals or medical clinics nearby?
Choosing the best nursing home for your loved ones is a difficult choice to make but these tips can help you know what questions to ask and what to look for to make the difficult choice a little easier and give you and your loved one some more peace of mind. If you have legal concerns or issues regarding your nursing home choice or concerns about nursing home abuse, please contact one of our experienced and compassionate Tennessee nursing home attorneys. We care about your loved ones and their care and will help answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your case and your legal options.