Leaving your loved one at a nursing home is never easy, and our Orange County, California nursing home negligence attorneys are aware that you may undoubtedly have concerns about your loved one's well-being and care--especially with the number of stories appearing in the news these days about nursing home abuse and neglect incidents occurring in assisted living facilities throughout the US.
While it is impossible to guarantee your loved one's safety and quality of care, there are steps that you can take when choosing a Southern California nursing home, whether the facility is located in Irvine, Laguna, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Manhattan Beach, or elsewhere in Orange County, California.
Checking different Web sites that offer reviews about California nursing homes, as well as Medicare's Nursing Home Compare Web site, is a helpful and informative step. However, nothing beats actually going to a nursing home facility to inspect the premises, watch the interactions between residents and nursing staff, and interview workers.
Not only do you want to make sure that your loved one will be comfortable at the nursing home you select, but you want to do what you can to make sure the facility is sanitary, the workers know how to do their jobs properly, and there are no unresolved violations at the assisted living facility that could pose a possible threat to your loved one's health and well-being.
What to look for when you visit an Orange County, California nursing home:
• Location: Is the nursing home close enough so that you and/or other loved ones can make in-person visits to your relative?
• Find out about the number of nursing home residents there are at the facility compared to the number of nursing home workers. Does it seem like each patient gets enough personalized attention? Inquire as to whether each patient is allotted a specific amount of care hours.
• Check the bathrooms, bedrooms, and recreational areas. Are they clean? Do they appear comfortable?
• Visit the dining room and kitchen. Do the conditions appear sanitary? What does the food look like? How is food stored and prepared?
• Inquire as to whether each patient gets a customized care plan and a personalized dietary plan.
• Observe the interactions between nursing home workers and residents.
• Talk to nursing home staff. Are they accessible, available, and forthcoming with responses to questions you may have?
• Do the residents appear happy and relaxed or stressed out and afraid?
Of course, taking every precaution possible when choosing a California nursing home for your sick or elderly loved one won't guarantee that that he or she won't become a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Related Web Resources:
Nursing Home Compare, Medicare
Your Guide to Long-Term Care in California, California Healthcare Foundation
Anaheim, Orange County
In the event that you suspect abuse or neglect, please contact our Anaheim nursing home negligence law firm to discuss your case.