Transition from In-Home Care to Nursing Home Care
Transitioning from in-home care to a nursing home can be a difficult process both for you and for your loved one. Naturally, the elderly feel like they are losing their independence when they have to move from their home into an assisted care center or a nursing home. Our nursing home abuse lawyers understand that you want to make the transition as easy as possible. Keep the following in mind when you're making that transition.
Choosing a Nursing Home
How to choose a nursing home is your first concern when beginning the transition from in-home care to a full-time facility. You want to make sure that the nursing home you choose for your aging loved one is a place that you can trust to provide 24/7 care.
Make sure you visit the nursing home several times at different hours to see how the staffing levels vary and how well the patients seem to be cared for during weekends and evenings.
Knowing Your Residents' Rights
Turning over the care of your loved one does not mean you are turning over their rights. Being aware of nursing home residents' rights can really help you and your loved one make the transition as smooth as possible. The nursing home has a duty to establish a care plan for every resident. You should have input into the care plan and trust that the nursing home staff has the experience to carry it out and treat your loved one with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Identifying Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, even nursing homes that seem like the perfect place can turn into a nightmare for your loved one if the nursing home does not properly train and oversee their employees and volunteers. You need to know how to identify signs of abuse, like malnutrition or suspicious injuries. You don't want your loved one to suffer because the nursing home is failing to perform its duties.
If your loved one is showing signs of abuse or neglect in their new nursing home, please call (816) 253-8606 or contact Cullan & Cullan online for your free consultation.