There are many concerns for family members when they place someone they love in a nursing home. Will the nursing home feed your loved one regularly? Will they get enough exercise? Will the nursing home staff treat your family member well? According to Aging.com, not all nursing homes are created equal. Many lists describe the best and worst nursing homes based on health inspections, random visits by inspectors to check on the health of patients and more.
One of the best ways to find quality nursing homes and a list of the nursing homes you should avoid is to look at the star ranking by Medicare. The majority of nursing homes are federally funded. When a nursing home receives federal funding, there are specific rules and standards put in place that the staff must follow. If the nursing home consistently fails to meet these rules or standards, they receive lower stars. Some of the reasons that the worst nursing homes receive only one star is because of insufficient data to rank staff members, have failed health inspections and poor quality control.
These rankings change regularly. To ensure that your loved one receives the best care possible, it is a good idea to look at the star ranking by Medicare. This will help you determine whether a nursing home is up to standard for your loved one or if you should avoid it. If you have a loved one living in a nursing home and suspect that they may not be getting the care they need and deserve, you may sue the nursing home for negligence. You can investigate any suspicions you may have about abuse in the nursing home and help your loved one live a happier and healthier life.