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Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home

Avoid Abuse or Neglect by Carefully Choosing the Care Facility

Deciding to put an aging parent or elderly loved one in a nursing home is never easy. The last thing you should have to worry about is whether your loved one will receive the care that he or she deserves. To that end, when choosing a long-term assisted living facility, it is important to make sure you are dealing with a reputable one.

At Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman, P.C., we want to make sure you are armed with as much information as possible when choosing a New York nursing home. As experienced lawyers, our attorneys often share with our clients useful guidelines for choosing a nursing home.

Steps to Choosing a Nursing Home

  1. Determine location. Where is the general geographic area that you'd like the nursing home to be located? If you and other family members plan on visiting regularly, make sure it is conveniently located for such visits.
  2. Do online research. What nursing homes are available in that geographic area? Do each of these homes provide the necessary services for your loved one? If your loved one has complicated health concerns or special needs, it is important to find a nursing home that understands and can address these needs.
  3. Create a list of possible nursing homes. From that list, check out the New York State Department of Health's website. This site has detailed descriptions and reports of all nursing homes in New York and can help you determine if it is a reputable nursing home.
  4. Visit the nursing homes. Once you've narrowed your list of potential long-term care facilities, visit them before making a decision. While this can be a rather time-consuming process, it is an essential step because there are many signs in nursing homes to look for to make sure you are choosing the right one.

Things to Look for When Visiting Nursing Homes in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens and Throughout New York

Once you do actually visit a nursing home — whether you are trying to decide if it is the right place for a loved one or you already have a loved one living there — there are several things to check to make sure that the nursing home facility is providing proper care:

  • Smell: How does the nursing home smell? Does its smell indicate that the facility is kept clean and has adequate ventilation or does it smell like urine and feces? Persistent bad smells suggest that residents are not being cared for properly or may be being neglected.
  • Staffing levels: If not already posted, ask the facility for their ratio of staff to patients. It is important that there are enough people to care for the residents.
  • Call lights and responses: Do the call lights appear to be working? How long does it take for staff to respond to a resident's request? If response times are long, this suggests that the staff may be overwhelmed and unable to properly manage your loved one's care.
  • Other visitors: Look around. Are other families visiting? It is often good to visit facilities on Sundays as families tend to visit on those days. Ask them what their experience with the facility has been.

These specific steps are a good place to start in determining if you have selected the right nursing home for a loved one. If a loved one is already living in a facility, know what signs to look for to determine if he or she is being neglected or abused. If you do suspect that abuse or neglect is occurring, there are certain steps you can take to report abuse in addition to contacting a nursing home negligence attorney. Call 212-750-1200, or contact our office online to schedule a free consultation.

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