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Improving the Quality of Long-Term Care

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America is aging. Every day, 10,000 people in the United States celebrate their 65th birthday. Between 2010 and 2030, the number of Americans 65 and older will nearly double, and the number of those 85 and older is on pace to grow more than 400% by 2050.” – Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As more people live longer, the need for quality long-term care for the elderly will increase dramatically. This volume shows the need for improving the quality of care in nursing homes.  Making the choice to transition a loved one to a nursing home can be physically and emotionally draining.  How do you choose the best one?  Will it meet your loved ones’ specific and growing needs?  With nursing home abuse reports so high, it is essential that family members carefully consider all options when selecting the best nursing home for their loved one.

Choosing a quality nursing home is an important decision and a thorough evaluation of potential nursing homes is necessary to help protect your loved one.  Do your homework. Nursing homes are inspected by state Department of Health Services. Check with your state to see if the nursing home has any violations.  Once you have narrowed down your list, the best way to compare the nursing homes you are considering is to visit each facility.  An in-person visit can provide can answer many questions.

  • Is the facility currently licensed?
  • What is the reputation of the care facility?
    Is the staff helpful and attentive?
    Do residents appear well-cared for?
  • Is the facility clean and safe?
  • Does it offer medical, dental, and other services?
    Does it provide a nursing staff?
  • Are their activities for the residents?

Although ever effort is made to provide the best care facility for a loved one, the truth is few family members are in a position to effectively gauge the quality of a facility; abuse can happen.  Visit often.  You don’t need to be a doctor or nurse to notice if something is amiss.  Pay close attention to your loved ones physical appearance, emotional state, and comments or reluctance to certain staff is important.  Here are a few signs to watch for that can indicate negligence or abuse:

  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Unexplained injuries, burns, or bruises
  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Bed sores
  • Poor personal hygiene

If you have concerns about your loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility, contact the facility’s ombudsman, whose job it is to ensure that residents are receiving proper care.  If believe a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney who can help you understand your rights.  Our elderly deserve quality care and safety.

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  1. Vern Dennis says:
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    Once your loved one or friend is in one of these facilities, the most important thing you can do is visit frequentlyand make sure the caregivers know your face. If possible, pop in at random hour

    I have no stats to prove it, but I’m convinced the key to better care is for you to be an active visitor

  2. Jessica Rowland says:
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    More and more people require long term care nowadays because of longer life expectancy. And because of this, the demand for long term care services are on the rise. There are some who take advantage of this and put up a facility or senior care agency that doesn’t provide quality care. People should be wary of this and evaluate a nursing home first or other facilities before choosing. Make sure that this facility has been in the business for a while now, has a good reputation, provides quality care and offers a wide array of activities to its residents. If you need help in choosing the most appropriate care for you, you should seek the help of a care consultant. This healthcare professional can help you assess your needs, create the best care plan for you and choose the perfect care setting for your needs.

  3. Holly Murs says:
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    Hi Mark! We couldn’t agree more. With the rising number of older people, LTC facilities should really enhance the quality of care that they provide. Meanwhile, people should also start getting serious about planning for long term care.

    This post can serve as a guide as people look for the suitable LTC facility so we decided to feature it in our Weekly Digest and share it to our readers. You can read it here http://www.ltcoptions.com/weekly-digest-parents-buy-long-term-care-insurance-good-nursing-home-practice.