If you're trying to find a nursing facility for your elderly loved
one, then you're probably already familiar with the overwhelming number
of considerations and details that go into such a decision. While there
are many things to confirm and look out for during this search, there
are also a number of key questions that could yield red flags for you
and your family to recognize. Below, we take a look at three of these
questions and what answers to watch out for.
Has the Facility License Ever Been Revoked?
There are both state and federal standards that nursing homes must meet
in order maintain their nursing home administrator license. If you find
that a particular facility's license has ever been revoked, then it
may be time to move on and consider other places. If there is a facility
that you believe is promising that did receive a revocation, ask as many
questions as you can about it (how long ago it was, for what reason, etc.)
to see if it is a deal breaker for you or your family.
Does the Facility Conduct Background Checks Before Hiring Staff?
Staffing a nursing home can be difficult and it's been found that some
facilities are willing to cut corners in order fill out their employee
pool. This, however, can be a dangerous practice. Everyone from nurses
to aides, to the maintenance staff should be thoroughly vetted before
being allowed to work with or in the proximity of elderly residents and patients.
What Is the Staff-to-Resident Ratio?
While there are no federal standards for nursing home staff/resident ratios,
California has one: three hours of nursing staff present per resident.
Of course, it's hard to tell if a facility is complying with this
standard with just with a brief visit, which is why it is always recommended
that when considering a nursing home, that you go back, unannounced, during
a period where it may be more difficult to maintain that standard (such
as the weekend or in the evening).
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