You’ve been asked to help choose a nursing home in Greenville, SC to move a relative into and you don’t know where to start. Out of all the facilities in the area, how do you choose which one is going to provide the best care and will tend to all their needs? While choosing a nursing home isn’t something that can be done overnight, there are some tactics that can be utilized to help make the process a little easier to get through.
It starts with a checklist.
Before you can settle on a facility, the place that will serve as your aging relative’s new home, you are going to want to do some research and take a tour of the nursing home itself. Upon doing so, it can benefit to have a checklist, or guide, that can help you determine if the facility is right for your relative. While there are plenty of sample checklists available that might be beneficial to use, Medicare.gov does offer one that can assist you as you search for the best nursing home to move your loved one into.
What are some of the things I should look for when trying to find a nursing home for my relative?
Some of the main things you might consider finding out during your search for a nursing home in Greenville include:
- Is the facility Medicare and/or Medicaid certified?“ Certified” means the nursing home passed an inspection conducted by a state government agency. Medicare only covers care from nursing homes that are certified.” As important as it is for you to choose a facility that is safe to move your loved one into, you also need to be sure you or they can afford it. Many of the nursing homes located in Greenville accept Medicare and Medicaid which means it might cover some if not all of the costs associated with living in the home. Once you have a list of nursing homes that you know you will be able to move your loved one into, then it’s time to assess whether or not it is a safe place for your loved one to live in.
- What the facility’s star rating is on Medicare.gov?
- “Does the nursing home’s inspection report show quality of care problems or other citations (failure to meet one or more state or federal requirements)?”
- What has the facility done to improve its rating if it wasn’t acceptable?
- “Does the relationship between staff and residents appear to be warm, polite, and respectful?”
- What is the facility’s’ procedure on preventing and reporting cases of abuse and neglect?
- “Is the nursing home taking action to keep residents safe from abuse, neglect, mistreatment, or exploitation?”
- Does the nursing home appear to be clean and well kept?
- Is there good lighting so that residents are able to see where they are walking and are less likely to trip and fall?
- Are residents given a choice when it comes to meals and these meals nutritious?
- Does the staff appear to be friendly?
- Are all staff members adequately trained and qualified to work in the facility?
While these are only some of the items found on Medicare’s checklist, you are encouraged to click here so that you can access the entire list and use it as you look for the most suitable home for your loved one.
I am in the process of moving my loved out of a poorly run nursing home and into a new one. Can I still report the nursing home for abuse and/or neglect?
If you are relocating your loved one because they weren’t receiving the proper care in the facility they were living in, it is recommended that you contact a Greenville, SC nursing home abuse attorney. A lawyer will be able to determine if you can take legal action against the facility and explain the steps you would need to take to do so. If you are ready to speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer in the Greenville, SC area now, you can contact Hayes Law Firm, LLC.
Hayes Law Firm, LLC can be reached at:
870 Cleveland Street, Suite 2D-A
Greenville, SC 29601