Questions To Ask When Looking For A Nursing Home

One of the most difficult things millions of Americans face each year is placing their parents or other elders in a nursing home. It’s often a heart-wrenching decision, and you want some assurance your loved one will receive humane treatment and care. As Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys, at the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo, we share your concern, and we want to offer a number of suggestions to help you find a nursing home where your loved one will be treated with dignity and respect and receive attentive care.

While this list is by no means exhaustive, we feel these are some things to observe and questions to ask when looking for a nursing home.

  • Visit more than one nursing home so you can make comparisons.
  • Consider the location. The nursing home should be close enough that you can visit often without having to drive hours each way.
  • How does the place smell? The odors encountered are not always pleasant, but that’s sometimes unavoidable. Certain medications and diets sometimes make residents more gassy, and as people age, they’re more likely to lose control of their bladder and bowels. So, a faint unpleasant whiff isn’t necessarily bad. But if the facility reeks of stale urine that could mean the place is not properly cleaned.
  • What sounds do you hear? Hearing someone moaning or yelling “help” doesn’t necessarily indicate bad care. It could just be an indication of patient dementia. Instead, listen to how staff addresses residents. Do they speak respectfully or do they use demeaning names like “Mama” or “Grandpa?”
  • Does the facility conduct background checks on its employees? Under federal law, elder care facilities must not hire people who have committed violent acts against patients. Unfortunately, the law does not require the use any specific type of background checks. The choice is up to each nursing home, and they may not bother to check.
  • How do residents spend their afternoons? Quality nursing homes have a daily calendar of activities for residents. If your loved one is room-bound, activities should be brought to them.
  • What happens if I run out of funds? If my resources are exhausted, are you certified to accept Medicaid?

If despite your best efforts to prevent it, you suspect your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, contact us. As Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys we’ll work with you to secure restitution for the abuse suffered. Call the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo today!


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