Detroit, MI-If you are in the position where you need to choose a nursing home for an aging loved one, you could use some help. There are so many things to consider and deciphering all the information can be daunting, but there is help.Each year U.S. News releases their survey of nursing homes to help individuals, giving facilities one to five stars depending on how they rate according to the specific metrics.
The three metrics used by U.S. News include health inspections, staffing and direct patient care, and the quality of their care. They get their ratings by analyzing data from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Michigan nursing homes only garner five-star ratings to a facility if it provides at least four- and a half hours of direct nursing care for each resident, including at least 45 minutes or professional nurse care. Direct nursing care can include care from registered nurses, nursing aides, and other nursing home staff.
Nursing homes are regulated by federal and state agencies because they typically accept Medicaid and Medicare patients. Those relevant agencies carry out the health inspections. The health inspection metric is broad and covers a range of things from food safety, dispensation of medications, control of infectious diseases and the quality of care a patient receives. Health inspections ratings also include verified complaints of abuse and neglect.
Ratings for quality measures are given depending in the facilities performance with 18 different metrics which can include resident mobility, frequency of bedsores and occurrences of urinary tract infections to name a few.
You can learn more about how the U.S. News came up with their ratings here.
Of the 180 nursing homes in the Detroit metropolitan area, only 52 received five stars in all three metrics. But they fared well-overall and this breakdown, nursing home by nursing home, will give some insight into which home will be right for your loved one. In fact, nursing homes is large metropolitan areas around the country received high ratings overall. That’s promising for Detroit residents who have to choose a nursing home.
Even when you have done your homework and found a facility that seems to be the right the facility for your elderly loved one, the unexpected can happen. Your loved one’s basic needs can be ignored or neglected. They could become the victim of an abusive or overworked staff member. It’s something no one really wants to think about, but it happens far more than we realize—the National Council on Elder Abuse estimates that one in ten elderly people are abused or neglect each day in the U.S.
If you discover your loved one has been abused or neglected in a Michigan facility you should consider retaining a Detroit nursing home abuse attorney. With legal counsel, you can hold a facility accountable for placing your loved one in harm’s way and seek compensation for the physical and emotional injuries you and your loved one have suffered.