If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it’s completely natural to feel somewhat helpless over their care at times. How can you be 100% sure they’ll remain safe? How can you trust healthcare professionals to watch over your loved one as necessary? It isn’t easy to place trust in nursing care facilities, but by keeping a close eye on your loved one and the facility, you can potentially protect them from getting hurt, harmed, or abused.
Here are 3 ways you can protect a loved one in a nursing home:
Visit Often and Diversify Your Visits
One of the best ways to ensure your loved one is being taken care of properly is to visit them often. Diversify your visits so staff members are not expecting you. This lets you see how they really care for residents. During your visits, always keep your eyes, ears, and nose open for red flags (see below). Pay attention to how staff members split up shifts and how meals are served. Notice how often the rooms are cleaned and how quickly your loved one’s requests are fulfilled.