As my firm does a lot of nursing home cases, I get questions from friends all the time about nursing homes. The most common is "If you had to put your loved one in a nursing home, where would you put them?" While I haven’t endorsed one nursing home over the other, I have provided resources to my friends who want to research the different nursing homes before placing their loved ones.
A good list of questions to ask the administrator or director of nursing before placing your loved one include:
1. Who owns the nursing home? [See article link below for non-profit v. for profit nursing homes.]
2. Does the nursing home carry liability insurance?
3. Is the nursing home in receivership (bankruptcy)?
4. How often is a doctor on site to visit residents?
5. Does the nursing home employ a dietician on staff?
6. Does the nursing home employ a certified wound care and prevention nurse?
7. What is the turnover rate compared to other facilities in the state? (Lower staff turnover can create better care because employees become familiar with the routines and needs of nursing home residents.)
A few practical considerations and questions for you and your family:
1. How close is the home in proximity to the family members is the nursing home?
2. Has the nursing home been sued multiple times? [you can search on oscn.net or odcr.com to check.
3. Has the nursing home been cited by the Oklahoma Department of Health multiple times for the same issues. You can search the Protective Health Services page by either Assisted Living Facilities or Nursing Facilities at: http://www.ok.gov/health/pub/wrapper/PHS-search.html
Non-Profit vs. For-Profit Nursing Homes: Is there a Difference in Care? Extensive research finds that the type of nursing home ownership and sponsorship affects the quality of care that facilities provide to their residents. A number of the studies and their findings is in the article found at:
As nursing home care improves, some problems slow to mend. In Oklahoma, more than 11 nursing homes have consistently received one star in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rating. You can search the listings to ensure the home you are looking to put your loved on in is not on the one star category. The article is found at: http://tinyurl.com/7r3kjlh
To search all nursing homes in Oklahoma, select the drop down for the state of Oklahoma on this page: http://tinyurl.com/ccoyx8h
Once you select the nursing home, it is important that you stay involved in your loved one’s care and treatment. Our firm has done a number of articles on prevention of bed-sores, prevention of falls, and legal remedies to nursing home abuse and neglect. To read the full article, go to: http://www.sm-oklaw.com/resources/article-archives/