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Do your research before choosing a nursing home

Nursing homes are supposed to be places where the most vulnerable can receive care. Unfortunately, due to low staffing numbers, negligence, violence and other negativity, nursing homes now have a bad reputation for not caring well for patients.

As someone who is in a nursing home or who may be looking to placing a loved one in a nursing home, knowing who to trust is key. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to get to know a nursing home before you choose it so that you have a better chance of choosing a safe, respectful facility.

1. Get to know the staff

Don't just get to know the staff that works with your loved one regularly. Get to know the lunch team and visiting staff, such as those who come to do nail-painting activities or wash patients' hair. Learn about how they feel there and what they'd like to see improve, so you get the full picture about how the facility works.

2. Learn about how the director handles abuse and neglect

It's always possible to ask directly how situations of neglect, medical errors or abuse are handled by the people in charge. You want to know that they have a procedure for handling these situations so that your loved one will continue to receive proper care and respect.

3. Visit, visit, visit

The best advice for anyone who plans on placing a loved one into a nursing home is to visit the facilities. Visiting is the only way to get a feel for the atmosphere and decide if it is the right choice.

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