Top 5 Traits Of Bad Nursing Homes In South Carolina
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on May 08, 2014 in Nursing Home News
When the decision is made to send an elderly family member or loved one to a senior care facility, it's a decision that many responsible people do not take lightly.
Aside from the 24 hour care that many of our seniors need, there are many other factors that have a direct impact of the daily quality of life of the residents.
With this in mind, we have taken the opportunity to provide a Top 5 list of the common traits that bad nursing homes have in common, in the hopes that such establishments can be identified by those looking at a senior care solution for a loved one.
The list includes:
The nursing home industry is heavily regulated in most states and yet despite very clear-cut guidelines, many facilities are unable to meet the minimum requirements as outlined in State nursing home operational laws.
The good news is that almost all of the reports and findings on each facility are filed and published online. Using the internet as a resource, by visiting watchdog agencies like Medicare.gov, you can simply research each facility either by name or by zip code to learn more about each facility.
Another option is to simply search online for the name of the home that you are considering. Many websites have reviews and even Social Media posts about certain nursing homes will also appear in those search results.
Number of Violations
The important fact to consider here is the SEVERITY of the violation and NOT the sheer number of violations.
The reason for this is because there may be a very high quality facility that has 10 violations for having cobwebs in a basement, which is a minor offense.
By comparison, another facility may have just one reported case but it may be something very serious, like having a resident wander from the grounds undetected.
Keeping this in mind, it's important to review the violation of each facility, to ensure that you are making an informed decision.
Staff Turnover Rates
As with most businesses, nursing homes that have a high staff turnover rate is often an indication of a larger problem within the organization.
In fact, many mid-budget facilities may not have the very latest amenities yet they may have staff that have been happily employed there for 10 years or more. Alternatively, there may be a very new, modern facility that has new members starting every week.
It's also worth adding that if you are touring a facility, try to talk to some of the residents. They will often give you a clearer picture as to the "livability" of the facility. You many also like to keep a look out for the staff and if they remember the names of the residents as they take you through the tour.
Do Residents Have Their Independence?
In some instances, having a high level of surveillance is needed for some residents a loved one having Alzheimer's or other types of degenerative diseases would generally require staff to provide an increased level of security for that individual.
However, it's also important that residents do not feel like they are on lockdown. In many instances, residents often enjoy a communal environment and it's important that such activities are encouraged and promoted by the facility.
To help identify this point, try to look around the facility and see if residents are allowed to have photos of their loved ones on their dressers or perhaps some paintings or decorations on the wall of their bedrooms.
Use Your Instinct
Despite the best intentions, it's important to also use your intuition. If you have a "bad feeling" about an establishment, it's important to pay attention to those feelings.
While many people will dismiss such emotions and only look at the "facts", by paying attention to the smaller, day-to-day workings of the facility and using that information to help formulate your opinion can also be very helpful.
It's important to remember that there are many nursing homes in South Carolina and finding the right one for your loved one is an important step to the long term happiness of that person.
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