Before Deciding on a Nursing Home, Review these Key Points
Are you concerned that you and your family may have to begin looking for a nursing home for your aging loved one? How do you decide on the best place for your loved one? Are you and your family worried about finding a nursing home that will take responsible care of your loved one?
Skilled nursing facilities, commonly called nursing homes, are residential care facilities that provide around-the-clock medical care and supervision to seniors. These seniors need help with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, and medication management. We would like to review some key points about nursing homes you should be aware of:
There are different levels of care: Nursing homes offer different levels of care, from short-term rehabilitation to long-term care for residents with chronic conditions.
Qualified staff is vital: Nursing homes are staffed by trained healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants.
Wide variety of services are available: Nursing homes provide a range of services, including medical care, medication management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social activities.
Cost of care should be planned in advance whenever possible: Nursing homes are expensive, and the cost varies depending on the level of care and location. Some nursing homes accept Medicare or Medicaid, while others are private pay.
Quality of care is important, as well as, quality of the overall facility and services: The quality of nursing homes can vary widely and it is important to research and visit facilities before making a decision.
Yes, there are state and federal regulations: Nursing homes are regulated by state and federal agencies, and must meet certain standards of care and safety.
Residents do have rights: Residents of nursing homes have certain legal rights, including the right to privacy, dignity, and quality care.
By reviewing these key points you and your family will be equipped with the knowledge of these basics to help make sure that the facility your senior loved one moves into knows and understands how to protect aging seniors. Most importantly, when you visit your loved one you can observe whether the nursing home is caring properly for their aging and frail residents. With the health and well-being of vulnerable loved ones at stake, it is vital that you look out for bedsores and neglect when you visit.
Another key point is that if you suspect an aging loved one is suffering from neglect or bedsores in a nursing home, it is highly recommended that you speak with your Florida attorney to do something about it. Do not wait. If you have questions, do not wait to contact our law office to ask them.
We know this topic may raise more questions that it answers and want to help you plan for the future, and the unexpected. Whether you're young and single or a married five-time great grandparent, your voice and wishes need to be known. Worley Elder Law, based in beautiful Bradenton, Florida, focuses on helping you understand your options in designing your Estate Plan or Elder Law needs. Whether it's preventative incapacity planning or establishing your legacy, we will take the time to explain every option and work with you to create a customized plan just as unique as you and your family are. Please do not hesitate to contact us to let us help you.