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What to look for when visiting your loved one in a nursing home

You spent months researching the best long-term care facility for your loved one. From in-person visits to online investigation, you dedicated so much of your life to finding the right place. Once you finally found a great home, you were able to breathe a sigh of relief. You trust them to care for your loved one, and everything you’ve seen and read indicates they are more than capable of doing so.

Now that he or she is settled, you both look forward to your visits. It’s a time to catch up, check in and connect. While you are there, it’s also a good idea to check up on the facility and the overall care your loved one is receiving. While things may look good on the surface, looking slightly below may offer a glimpse into what happens when you are not there.

Are nursing homes liable for injuries on their property?

When people choose to move their loved ones into nursing homes, they are generally doing so because they want them to get the best possible care for their situation. By making this decision, they are displaying a large amount of trust in the facility. This trust is usually based on the assumption that the facility will meet their loved one's needs.

However, sometimes that trust is misplaces and care facilities do not provide the adequate care families expect. Even worse, they sometimes allow the abuse or negligence of their patients. When this happens on the facility's property, they may be held legally accountable.

Choosing the right nursing care facility for your parent

Nursing homes provide care to those who don't need to be in a hospital but require much more care than can be provided at home. Most associate a nursing home with caring for the elderly but they can also serve those who need longer term care after surgery.

Some nursing homes are designed to be more like a hospital, while others are set up to feel more like home. Both types of facilities often have separate departments or sections for those who need extensive memory care (Alzheimer's and dementia) and both have nursing staff on hand 24/7. Some will have doctors visit patients onsite, while others will take the residents to the physician.

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