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Standards of care to consider when scoping out nursing homes

Researching and comparing nursing home facilities in Georgia is often the beginning step of finding an establishment that meets your expectations for compassionately caring for your loved one. At Cromartie Law, we understand the concerns you may have regarding the protection of your family member.

According to The University of Scranton, your loved one is one of approximately 1.6 million people who live and are cared for in a nursing home. They suggest several steps that managers can take to guarantee superior care of each resident. You can use these recommendations as well to gauge the credibility of a facility.

  • Staff attitude: Each staff member should uphold a positive attitude and have patience with each resident they care for. You can also look for indications that staff personnel are following designated protocols to keep residents safe and healthy.
  • Facility condition: The condition of the facility should be conducive to comfort, health and safety with proper lighting, clean floors and handicap accommodations. Technological devices should be up to date with industry standards and protocols.
  • Transparency: You should be able to have convenient access to facility-specific plans for emergency situations, as well as general operational policy guidelines. These should be posted in easy-to-see areas of the facility.

Your loved one should always have immediate access to a qualified health care official. This not only protects his or her safety, but can effectively discourage careless behavior. Additionally, you can ask for verification that all employees have been properly screened and have received adequate training. More information about topics related to long-term care facilities can be found on our web page. 

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