As we are constantly reiterating, children and the elderly are most vulnerable
for neglect, abuse, and mistreatment. It is so important for them to have
healthy, competent advocates in their lives. Are you an advocate for an
elderly person, whether they are a family member or a close friend or
neighbor? Have you ever had to make the difficult decision to decide to
place that person in a nursing home or assisted living facility? Once
that difficult decision is made, the even more important questions: which
nursing facility is right for my loved one?
On January 8, 2014, an elderly woman on the
Southside of Indianapolis was critically injured following a fire in the room of her nursing care
facility. While this incident could very well prove to be a horrible accident,
it brings to light the fact that we place our loved ones in the care of
others and expect that they will remain safe and well cared for. Unfortunately,
that isn’t always the case.
How did you decide to place a loved one in a nursing home? What was on
your “must haves” list? Below is a list of ideas of topics
to consider when choosing a nursing home or assisted living facility.
- Location: Where should the nursing home facility be located? If you are
going to be making key decisions and visiting regularly, then you would
want it near your home to make those tasks easier for you.
- Is your loved one suffering from a particular ailment? If your loved
one suffers from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, it might be important
to choose a facility that specializes in the care of these particular patients.
- Have you visited the facility and observed the care they provide? Do
you know anyone else with firsthand experience at the facility?
- What grade have they received? This
link will provide you with a rating of particular nursing homes in your particular area.
- Research. Listen to your gut. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
and make multiple visits to observe. There are several resources online
that provide you with checklists of questions to ask when interviewing
a particular facility as well as certain safety concerns that aren’t
always obvious to a typical consumer.