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A Guide to Choosing a Safe Nursing Home

Caring nurse holding kind elderly lady's hands in bed.
Caring nurse holding kind elderly lady’s hands in bed.

Nursing homes are long-term care and living facilities for the elderly and disabled. Often these people are your parents. And they can be provided care by a trained and experienced staff member of the care facility. This is an option for the individual. This is a person who cannot live alone any longer. Often they require assistance with daily care. There are over 1.6 million Americans currently living as residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Nursing homes number more than 16,000 in the United States, with some having as few as 30 residents, while others have hundreds of residents.


Selecting a Nursing Home—the Guidelines

When faced with placing a loved one in a nursing home, there are some guidelines that while simple may prevent placing them in a long term care facility where there is the possibility of nursing home abuse in Long Beach, California. The first step is to visit several nursing homes, and pay close attention to the residents; do they have a clean appearance?

Are their clothes clean and neat? Are they active, talking and moving about, or are they in their rooms in bed? Are there enough nursing home employees to see to the needs of the residents and provide adequate care, or do they lack in nursing home staff? Is the nursing home within your budget?

The other things to look for should include, whether the residents seem drowsy from possible sedation? Look into how many residents are physically restrained and why are they physically restrained. Does it seem like a valid reason? Check into the type of care the nursing home will provide for your loved one. Ensure your loved one will receive the type of care that they require.

Investigate if there have been any complaints reported to the police or the health department about the care of residents or nursing home abuse, at any of the nursing homes you are considering choosing for the placement of your elderly family member. Taking these steps, along with other precautions when selecting a place for your loved one, can ensure they will be a resident of a nursing home where they receive the proper care and are not subjected to nursing home abuse of any form.


Nursing Home Neglect

In Long Beach, California nursing home neglect involves caregivers not providing the proper care of the elderly residents in the facility or fails to protect them from harm. Caregivers are charged with providing care that the resident does not harm themselves. Because due to diminished mental capacity or physical limitations they can get injured by another resident of the nursing home for example. Nursing home residents may suffer physical harm, mental abuse or sexual assault by a staff member too. Also, they can become financially exploited.


Hygiene and Nursing Home Attendants

Personal hygiene is essential for the nursing home resident, and it plays a role in the prevention of nursing home abuse. In Long Beach, California there are guidelines and procedures set by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid outlining good hygiene practices for nursing home attendants and staff. In cases where these guidelines for good hygiene are ignored, it is usually due to carelessness or laziness. Lack of cleanliness for nursing home residents puts them at risk for both health issues and elderly abuse since they are dependent on the attendants.


Hygienic Practices

In a California nursing home, hand hygiene and other hygienic practices are essential for the residents and the staff. Many of these nursing homes have been cited, due to complaints about their hygienic practices to the Health Department. When health inspectors investigated these complaints, they found there is not adequate staffing, which causes part of the problem leading to the charges. The other part of the problem is that the hygienic standards are not being followed.


Nursing Home Abuse Resolution

If you are still unable to mitigate the potential of an inadequate care provider for those on their last leg in life, it is time for step two.  Step number two, when nursing home abuse or neglect have affected a loved one, it is time to call Ehline Law Firm. These California advocates should be consulted to protect the rights of your family member.

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