If you recently became a caregiver to an elderly loved one, you may be facing numerous challenges surrounding this new full-time occupation. You may be suffering financially as a result of fewer work hours, experiencing higher stress levels, or struggling with time management as you adjust to a new routine. While aging is inevitable, caring for an elderly loved one still proves to be a difficult task and you may find yourself in search of a reputable nursing home.
You may be nervous about reaching out for help in caretaking, especially if your relative now requires full-time assistance or is extremely ill. While there have been cases of nursing home abuse and neglect reported across the US, there are many signs to look for when visiting potential nursing homes to help choose a suitable place for your loved one. It is important to look for a center that employs staff who are skilled in nursing and personal care. Observe if the staff members demonstrate a polite and respectful attitude toward the residents.
Inquire about nutrition, medication schedules, and ask about general lifestyle topics including recreational activities that are available for the residents. It is also important to ask about employee turnover—a high turnover rate is a major concern as that can be a sign of disorganization and a potential red flag for poor care. Also inquire if there are any infractions, complaints, or actions being taken against the home.
You may also have many questions about issues that are relevant to your relative’s condition, like hospice care. This can be a crucial aspect of care for patients who are terminally ill. And while hospice workers often come to the home to care for terminally ill patients (usually covered by Medicaid), their presence is also necessary to residents of nursing homes. They may offer consultations, visits to the patient, management of pain and necessary medications, and overall support to everyone involved.
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.