Springfield, IL- Incidents of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and long term care facilities are far too common. This fact makes many people hesitant to place their elderly or disabled loved into a facility. But when they have no alternative, and want to assure their loved ones will be safe, they must be proactive and choose a nursing home that gives quality care and has good record of shielding their residents from abuse and neglect.
What Should I Consider When Choosing an Illinois Nursing Home?
Staffing and proximity are two very important aspects of choosing the right Illinois nursing home and can help ensure a resident’s mental and physical well-being.
When you begin looking for a nursing home, it is important to take a close look at facilities near your home or the home of another family member to ensure someone is able to make regular visits.
Neglect of a nursing home resident is more common than abuse, and typically occurs when a facility is understaffed. Illinois nursing homes with a high patient to staff ratio, have difficulties giving each resident the care they need and deserve. While most neglect in long-term care facilities is unintentional, it can nonetheless cause significant physical harm to a nursing home resident.
What should I do before make my final decision?
If you’ve been looking for the right nursing home there are a number of things you should do before making your final decision. First, look up a prospective home in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to determine if the home is covered under Medicare or Medicaid. Secondly, check with Illinois’ Long Term Care Ombudsman in determine of the home has had any complaints of abuse or neglect or a poor record of maintaining their facility.
Before making this very important decision of choosing a nursing home for your loved one, you should visit the facility. This will give you a first-hand look at how the facility is run and how the staff acts towards the residents.
When you make your initial visit, go around lunch time since this generally the busiest time of day. This will give you the opportunity to evaluate if the home is properly staffed. If they don’t have enough people on staff at this time of the day, you can be confident that it won’t be properly staffed in the evening or overnight. As you narrow your search, make a weekend visit.
You can prevent your loved one from facing neglect or abuse at a facility by visiting your loved one often. This not only makes them happy, but can also give a family a good idea if the facility is well-staffed and see how the staff attends to the home’s residents. This will give a family member the opportunity to see how the staff members treat each patient, and raise alarm if they notice any aggressive or hostile behavior on the behalf of a staff member.
When a nursing home resident has frequent visitors, they are less likely to be targeted by an abuser simply because friends and family are a regular presence.
Choosing the right nursing home is not an easy task and isn’t an absolute guarantee your loved one won’t be neglected or subjected to abuse in a long term care facility.
If you find that someone you care for has been abused or neglected, an Illinois nursing home attorney can help you seek compensation for any harm or abuse they have endured.