After winning a nursing home neglect case in Texas, people often prefer not to let their loved ones remain at the facility. There are several good reasons for this. Even if only one person was responsible, there is no telling what kind of hostility other workers may feel regarding the suit. If the accused worker(s) remain(s) at the facility, tensions may worsen.
Even if the worker(s) get(s) terminated or arrested, families may no longer trust the facility with their loved one’s welfare. So, how do they choose a new facility? Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to choose the right or the best facility. Even so, AARP and the National Institute of Aging have a few thoughts on the matter.
Advice from AARP
AARP advises family members not to wait until they need to find placement for their loved ones to start doing research. Family members should plan as far ahead as possible. In the case of a suit against a facility, this may mean looking from as early as the first cause for suspicion — just in case. Even if there is some delay, there is no time like the present to get started.
Here are some tips from AARP:
- Check the Medicare system, but look beyond a five-star rating to see what the full components are.
- Narrow down the search and visit in person.
- Try not to allow outward appearances or decor to affect assessments.
- Watch out for complex rules regarding Medicare, especially following recent law changes.
Advice from the NIA
This agency’s advice focuses on following through on due diligence. It reminds family members to do more than just find a facility and visit once. Call each facility and visit several times. When visiting, try to get in touch with the director or the nursing director.
It also recommends that family members look into any necessary special considerations for their loved ones. This may have changed since the last time they found a facility. Does the senior need dementia care or handicap facilities? Are their dietary restrictions? Ensure the facilities meet all special requirements.
The bottom line
Seniors generally dislike moving. Unfortunately, there are instances when it becomes necessary. Hopefully, by following the advice of unbiased professionals in the field, families may find good care centers for their loved ones and never need to move them again.