It is important to pick a nursing home that is right for your loved one. When visiting different facilities, it is important to look out for red flags or signs of possible abuse. Here is a list of 22 red flags to look for when looking at nursing homes.
Red Flags in Nursing Homes
1. It has a history with the police.
Research the facility’s history with the police and make sure that they don’t have any history of neglect or abuse.
2. Its staff has a criminal history.
You should also research to make sure that the home’s staff does not have a history of criminal behavior. Staff members with a criminal history could put your loved one at a higher risk for abuse.
3. It does not have a good visiting policy.
If a facility does not have a good visiting policy, it could be a sign that the facility is understaffed.
4. Its residents look unhappy.
If you visit and the residents look unhappy, they are most likely not receiving adequate care.
5. Its staff is constantly changing.
6. The staff cannot answer your questions.
It is important to ask questions about its procedures, programs, staff, and history with the police. If staff cannot give you answers to basic questions, then this nursing home may not be a good one.
7. The residents do not look like they are taken care of.
If the residents do not look like they are taken care of, they have messy hair, or they do not look like they have showered, the facility might be neglecting their residents.
8. It does not have adequate food services.
Make sure your facility has options for all dietary needs.
9. It does not have social services.
It is important that the facility provides counseling or therapy for residents so that they can talk to someone if they do experience abuse or neglect.
10. It does not provide activities or opportunities to socialize.
Facilities should have some sort of opportunity for the residents to interact with others. If the facility does not provide opportunities for the residents to be social, then they most likely are not concerned with the well-being of the residents.
11. It does not have outdoor space for the residents to use.
It is important for people to spend time outside. Make sure the facility has outdoor space and outdoor activities for its residents.
12. It does not have continued staff training.
Continued staff training is important because regulations and procedures are always changing. If the facility does not have continued staff training then they may not have adequate staff.
13. It does not have any abuse prevention programs.
Many nursing homes have abuse prevention programs in place. If the home you are looking at does not, it might be a red flag.
14. It does not have a complaint policy.
It is important that you have a way to let the staff know if there is something they are doing wrong. Ask about their complaint policy when visiting.
15. It does not have any plans for improvement in the future.
Many nursing homes have plans on how they can improve. If your nursing home does not have plans for improvement, this could be a red flag.
16. The facility does not look clean.
If the facility does not look clean, this is obviously a red flag. This could mean that they are understaffed or that they do not prioritize cleanliness.
17. The ratio of staff to residents is bad.
Make sure you ask what the ratio of staff to residents is. If the number of staff per residents is low, then there is a higher chance your loved one could be neglected.
18. It does not have an in-depth screening process.
If the facility does not have an in-depth screening process, then employees might be less likely to know how to care for the patients.
19. Residents do not have any privacy for belongings.
Look around the room and make sure that residents have a place to lock up personal belongings.
20. Staff speaks to residents in a degrading way.
If the staff talks to residents in a degrading way, that could be a sign that they are frustrated or likely to burn out.
21. The staff raises their voices.
If the staff raises their voices, then it is also a sign that they are frustrated or likely to burn out easily.
22. The staff complains.
If the staff complains, then there is a good chance that the staff does not treat the residents well.
If you notice that a nursing home has one or more of these red flags, consider choosing a different home for your elderly loved one.