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Questions to ask when selecting a nursing home for your loved one

It has been well-documented and reported that various potential problems may arise in nursing homes in New York, and throughout the country, including injuries such as bed sores (pressure ulcers), injuries falls causing broken (fractured) bones, hip fractures, femur fractures, brain bleeds including subdural hematomas, choking, infections, dehydration, and premature death. It has been shown that many injuries may be avoided if nursing home owners and operators place sufficient nursing staff in place, including a sufficient number of nurses and nurses's assistants (CNAs) to properly care for nursing home residents.

A recent publication reported a number of questions that may help in choosing a sufficient long term care nursing facility. Below are some questions to ask:

  • What is the nursing staff turnover rate? How long is the director of nursing and other supervisor nursing staff been at the facility? Does the nursing home employ the nurses directly, or do they use outside staffing agencies to provide temporary nursing staff?

  • Does the nursing home have a nurse on staff that is certified in wound care?

  • How many registered nurses does the facility employ? Or are most of the nurses licensed practical nurses?

  • How is the food? Do the residents have sufficient water in their rooms, or are the water cups and pitchers always empty?

  • Does the nursing staff seem friendly and helpful? Or annoyed that they are there and merely "doing their job"?

  • Do you see nursing staff in the hallways and elevators? Or does it appear difficult to find staff members?

  • Is there an activities calendar? Does the nursing home make it interesting and have many activities for the residents? Entertainment? Games?

  • Do the other residents appear clean? Is there a foul smell emanating throughout the nursing home? Are resident dressed properly?

  • What do other vising family members say about the home?

  • What does the New York State Department of Health inspection results show?

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