If you are thinking about moving yourself or a loved one into a nursing home or retirement community in the Albuquerque area, you might be feeling overwhelmed by your options and the costs. No matter what your budget is, keep in mind that not all nursing homes provide quality service and the appropriate standard of care.
“1.4 million seniors reside in nursing homes” across the country, states StatNews. Some of those nursing home residents are abused, mistreated and neglected by the staff and residents in those facilities. It is essential for you to choose a good nursing home to ensure you or your relative are well-cared for and happy. Here are some things to keep in mind while shopping for a good nursing home.
Say no to high turnover
Nursing care facilities and retirement communities that have high turnovers are a red flag. There are many factors that contribute to high employee turnovers, such as low pay, overworked employees and poor training. According to U.S. News & World Report, “residents cannot develop long-term and beneficial relationships with their caregivers.” A strong relationship between residents and nursing staff is necessary to prevent neglect and abuse.
Homes with a history of violation, are a no-no
Nursing homes and retirement communities are under local and federal regulation. They are held to higher standards. Some nursing homes focus on profits and use cost-cutting measures to increase them while overlooking their residents’ needs. This often leads to residents suffering and dying from neglect and abuse.
Ideally, you should thoroughly research nursing homes and retirement living centers. You should also tour each one to assess them. Pay close attention to resident and employee satisfaction and everyone's physical and mental health. Your first impression may help you narrow down your options. Your assessment should not stop after you or your relative move into a home. Encourage your loved ones to visit and assess you or your elderly relative’s condition often to ensure abuse and neglect do not occur.