How to Choose Better Nursing Home Care for Your Aging Parent

While ageism is common in our society, elderly residents of nursing homes may experience the brunt of discrimination resulting in abuse and neglect. Aware of such issues, you may be a concerned caregiver of an elderly loved one who requires extensive daily help that you are no longer able to give, despite worries about handing over care to strangers.

If you have been providing care at home but your parent’s needs are now too much to handle, you may be researching nursing homes. This is never an easy decision to make, and it can be gut-wrenching to see a family member move away from home later in life, often during what may be their last years.

Whether you are looking into assisted living or a nursing home, finances may play a part in your choice. Although health insurance from employers and Medicaid may pay more than half, that still leaves a significant expense to cover. This may be covered by retirement funds, Social Security payments, or other out-of-pocket financial avenues.  In some cases extreme resourcefulness may be required; for instance, some seniors or their families may need to use home equity loans to get by.

Visit numerous facilities before making a decision, arriving at each one with a specific list of questions to help determine which can offer the best quality care. Inquire about the staff and the employee turnover rate, accreditations, whether your relative’s doctor has access to practice there, and other items related to activities, meals, and the surroundings. Make note of how the building seems to be maintained, the state inspection rating, and the overall cleanliness level.

If your relative is in nursing care already and you suspect abuse or foul play, contact our offices immediately and we will help you and your loved one get the compensation you deserve. Speak with a skilled nursing home neglect attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online.