BY: Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller | IN: Medical Malpractice
I and other Sommers Schwartz attorneys regularly encounter people who have become victims of nursing home negligence and abuse at the hands of poorly trained staff. In many cases, those patients and families could have avoided the pain and suffering they experienced if they had only asked the right questions before selecting a nursing home facility.
Featured in a recent New York Times piece, Joanna R. Leefer, author of “Almost Like Home,” a user-friendly guide to choosing a nursing home, explains that “[t]he biggest mistake people make is waiting until the last minute, when faced with a crisis, to find a suitable facility…[y]ou’re forced into an impulsive decision that you’re not likely to be happy with unless you’re really very lucky.”
Ms. Leefer offers a number of tips for vetting your nursing home options:
Start with the cost.
Choose a location that is convenient for everyone who is likely to visit your loved one on a frequent basis.
Examine each nursing home’s characteristics.
Don’t rely on the brochures and marketing materials.
During your visit observe how patients are treated.
Remember that your job does not end once you have your loved one admitted to the nursing home; monitoring their care provided therein is equally as important to their health.
With our aging population, nursing home and long-term care facilities are increasingly more important. All the more reason to make your decisions wisely!
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Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller focuses her practice on medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and general negligence litigation on behalf injured plaintiffs.