Finding a Safe Nursing Home in Alabama
Choosing the Right Nursing Home is a Major Decision
Location and affordability seem to be the main factors that come to mind when trying to decide which nursing home is best for you or your loved ones. It is important to remember that in addition to those two factors, safety and standard of care are also necessary to consider. This decision can be very complex for those living in remote or rural areas who are limited by their choices. On the flip side those living in a very large metropolis can also have a tough time deciding due to the shear volume of facilities to choose from. Either way, this decision is a difficult one and knowing where to start can be the hardest part.
Increases in Nursing Home Abuse Seen in Alabama
Alabama has seen an increase of nursing home abuse and neglect cases over the recent years; Here are some points to consider when making your choice of facilities:
- Ratings: make sure the facility has been reviewed by a Medicare auditor. You will be looking for a rating where they were reviewed for safety, quality and performance. All ratings should be current and are a very good indicator of what level of care you can expect from the facility. These reports will also include any cases of nursing home neglect and abuse.
- Make an unplanned visit to tour the facility: this will give you a good idea what a true daily operation looks like. Make it a point to talk with the residents and staff about their perception of safety, cleanliness, staff qualifications, recreational activities. Also ask about any special medical services you may need. Be sure to bring a list with you to help keep on track of every question you wanted answered.
- Word of mouth – Referrals from those who have experienced nursing home facilities before can be invaluable.
- Accreditation – The Joint Commission accredits nursing home facilities in Alabama and those that carry the accreditation are required to adhere to routine inspections which ensure they are complying with practices that allow them to meet the high standard of care. Follow this link for more information on accredited vs. non-accredited Alabama nursing homes.
Contact Farris, Riley & Pitt with Questions
If you are in search of a safe, Alabama nursing home, or have questions about the quality and safety records of local long-term care facilities, we can help. Please contact our Alabama Nursing Home Attorneys at 205.324.1212.