When your loved one needs personalized daily medical attention, a nursing home may provide the necessary care. 

Learning the signs of a quality home can help you avoid any instances of abuse or neglect. 

Staff and activities

According to the National Institute on Aging, staffing ratios are one of the most important factors in choosing a residence. Inadequate amounts of workers and a staff with lots of turnover are signs that the facility may not provide quality service. Calling ahead for a scheduled walkthrough and then returning for an unscheduled visit may help you determine what daily life is like for residents. 

How close the nursing home is to family may also impact how attractive it is to your elderly loved one. Asking the staff about how often they allow visitors, religious services or group activities is important for more social seniors. 

Common issues

Talking to other residents about how they feel about living there is another way to get a variety of honest opinions. If many other elders have pressure sores or appear to be unkempt, it could be a warning sign for widespread neglect. 

Odd smells or discolorations in the building can also mean that it is not cleaned often or taken care of regularly. Checking how often residents can eat or spend time outside is also important. 

Final checks

Do not be afraid to ask questions during a tour. Reading through any contract thoroughly helps clarify any other questions you may have. Talking to other family friends, along with searching for any facility’s annual inspection summary through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, can help you decide what home is right for your loved one.