Whether you are visiting a nursing home in your search for a facility for your parent or loved one, or you are at a facility visiting your elder loved one, there are certain things that you may want to do, look out for, or ask. Making subtle observations while visiting an elder care facility can tell a lot about the level of care that they give to their residents. Keeping an eye on things can help prevent or stop issues in the home, such as elder abuse or neglect.
What to Watch Out For
First, keep an eye out for the residents that you pass by. Sometimes you may be able to tell how much time the staff gives to their residents by how they look. If the residents have messy hair, inappropriate clothes for the season, look unhygienic or have unkempt beards, this may be a sign that the staff members are not taking good care of the residents.
You may also want to observe some of the residents’ behavior and watch how they interact with each other and with the staff. If the residents are unhappy, seem to be grumpy or upset, or are not getting along with each other in the facility, this may not be a pleasant environment for your loved one. Even more than that, it may be a sign of something worse going on, like abuse or neglect.
If you can, take a good look at some of the residents’ rooms. Some things to keep track of are privacy, emergency alert systems, and a place to store valuables. Try to get an overall sense of how comfortable the rooms look. Getting a chance to look at a resident’s room may give you a sense of cleanliness and how important this is to the staff members. If things look dirty, or the room smells, these may be signs of neglect.
Talking to Faculty and Residents
If you are able to, you may get the best understanding of the facility by speaking with some of the residents who live there. If you are allowed to speak with the residents, here are some questions that would be useful to ask:
- How long have you been living here?
- How often do people come visit you?
- How does the staff treat you?
- Do you like it here? Why? Why not?
- What is the best part about living here?
- What is the worst part about living here?
It is important to go and visit an elder care facility before choosing one for your parents or loved ones. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected at a nursing home or elder care facility, give us a call today to speak with someone about the situation. We are happy to help in any way that we can.