When you are choosing a nursing home for your loved one in the Chicago area, it is important for your their safety and comfort that you take your time. The Federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ranks US nursing homes on a scale of one to five, with five being “much above average” and one being “much below average.” Rankings are based on factors such as reported nursing home abuse and neglect, and are available on the CMS website.
Bearing in mind that 81 Chicago area nursing homes have recently received a score of one and an additional 81 received a score of two (“below average”) visiting this site before your begin visiting nursing homes is a very good idea.
Start your physical search after identifying nursing homes with a rating or four (“above average”) or five. Schedule appointments with managers and take a tour of the facilities, paying close attention to staff presence and the behavior of residents. You will need to ask questions, particularly if your loved one suffers from issues such as dementia or another age-related disorder that necessitates special care. Gauge your comfort with the staff and management’s responses, but do not make any hasty decisions. Take your time to visit several facilities before finally choosing a nursing home.
Taking your time to select a nursing home is essential, but not always enough to prevent abuse. If you notice any signs of nursing home abuse, it becomes important to notify an experienced attorney right away.
The Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys at Harvey L Walner & Associates act quickly on these claims to stop abuse and help ensure your loved one is protected. We will fight tirelessly for your family’s rights and do everything possible to foster a swift and just solution.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering mistreatment in their nursing home, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Chicago nursing home abuse attorney.