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Tips on How to Choose the Right Nursing Home Ahead of National Nursing Home Week




CHICAGO (May 8, 2017) – The third week in May has been designated as “National Nursing Home Week” to celebrate the bond between nursing home staff, volunteers, and their residents.

National Nursing Home Week was established by the American Health Care Association in 1967.

The week, which is observed from May 14 until May 20 this year, also offers the elderly and their families an opportunity to learn more about the benefits and function of nursing care centers.

While many facilities are committed to quality care and the bond between nursing home staff and residents can be a special one, there are times that nursing homes fail to provide adequate care and treatment to their patrons. The National center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) estimates that about 84 percent of abusive situations involving older adults go unreported or unrecognized. The result of such abusive treatment is devastating to the victim and their loved ones who placed their trust in the facility.

So how do you choose the right one?

A great place to start your research is the “Find Nursing Homes” page on Medicare.gov. The webpage offers information about nursing homes that are part of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The site allows you to compare various facilities based on health inspections, quality measures, and staffing data. In addition, the website can also tell you whether or not a facility has been cited for various infractions in past years.

LINK | Medicare’s Find Nursing Homes Database

Another great resource is U.S. News and World Report, which publishes an annual list of the top nursing homes in the country on a state-by-state basis. You can search for homes located near where you live, as well as see the facility’s score on a five-star rating system.

LINK | U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Homes Rankings

Additionally, the Illinois Department of Public Health takes action against a facility if it is found to be in violation of the state’s nursing home regulations. The IDPH lists all violations found by the department since 2004 on their website.

LINK | IDPH Nursing Homes Database

While the data found on these sites can be helpful in choosing a facility, families who are searching for a home for their loved ones should also conduct personal visits to the facility and have face-to-face conversations with the staff and residents. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. has put together a checklist to help you make the right decision for you and your loved one. Click here to download our list of 21 things to consider before concluding your search.

Attorney Tara R. Devine has years of experience representing victims of elder abuse. Ms. Devine is available to discuss the signs of nursing home negligence and abuse, the appropriate steps to take if you suspect abuse, and some tips for choosing a safe and adequate nursing home for your loved one.

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312) 372-1227 or mmangan@salvilaw.com.

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