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09/25/05   |   By

Selecting a Nursing Home Facility for a Loved One | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

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One of the most difficult decisions someone may face is selecting a nursing home facilty for their loved one. There are a number of resources available that aid in the selection. Larry Wheeler, a reporter for USA Today, recommends contacting a hospital discharge planner, social worker, or local agency on aging. The article “Tips on Choosing a Nursing Home” offers suggestions as to questions to ask potential facilities, as well as particular items to investigate.

For the complete article, please click here.

We encounter horrific examples of nursing home abuse in our practice. Many of the nursing home residents or their families whom we represent come to see us because of issues dealing with pressure ulcers/sores, sexual and physical abuse, malnutrition, dehydration, and falls. There are several watchdog groups that compile statistical analyses of nursing home facilities that we use for litigation and provide invaluable information to persons trying to determine whether a facility is suitable for their loved one. Moreover, Medicare has made readily available to consumers information regarding the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

To search Medicare’s site for nursing home comparison, please click here.

To read Medicare’s guide, please click here.

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