Choosing a Nursing Home

Tips for Choosing a Good Nursing Home in West Tennessee

Nursing home negligence lawyers in Memphis and Jackson, obtaining justice on behalf of clients who are injured at the hands of nursing home staff

Once you have made the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home the challenge then becomes finding the best facility for them. You want your loved one to be well-cared for and you want them to feel safe and secure. You are likely aware of the shameful instances of nursing home abuse and neglect, and you want to do everything in your power to make sure that your loved one will be safe from abuse and cared for with compassion rather than being neglected.

The good news is that there are many resources available to help you make a smart, informed choice of the nursing home facilities available in your area.

At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our nursing home abuse attorneys are here to help families make the best choice possible when it comes to selecting a nursing home for their loved one. We stand up for the rights of our elders who may be unable to fight for themselves, to be able to live in safety and be treated with dignity, care and respect.

Resources for researching nursing care facilities

Doing the right kind of research is important when choosing a nursing home in Tennessee. There are several organizations, including the federal government, which offer free guides that help families research and select a skilled nursing facility:

  • Medicare Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home. This guide includes tips on how to pay for nursing home care, your rights as a resident and other useful information. They also have this Nursing Home Checklist, which you can print out and bring it with you when you tour a prospective facility.
  • AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) has many resources to help you narrow down your choices. Number one on their checklist is, “How does the food look and taste?” In addition to meeting dietary requirements, the food must be palatable.
  • Alzheimer’s Association has helpful information about what to look for and what to ask when choosing a nursing home when your loved one has Alzheimer’s.
  • The National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform offers a free guide that helps families navigate the challenging process of placing a loved one in a nursing home. Their first bit of advice is to do what you can to seek alternatives to nursing home care if that is your loved one’s preference.

When you have narrowed down your choices to a short list of prospective facilities, visit the Tennessee Department of Health and look up the facility you are considering. See if they have had any incidents reported, or if they have had any safety violations.

When you visit the facilities on your short list, be aware and observe as many details as you can. What do you see? What do you hear? What does the place smell like? Talk to a few current residents and their families and ask how they would rate the facility. Would they recommend it to a friend?

Finally, don’t ignore your instincts. If something doesn’t seem right, then follow up.

Learn more about the rights of West Tennessee nursing home residents

If you have a loved one who has suffered any kind of abuse or neglect in a Tennessee nursing home, Bailey & Greer, PLLC can help. Our nursing home abuse lawyers will protect their rights and seek justice in the form of compensation for their losses. Please call 901-680-9777 or fill out our contact form to find out how a Memphis nursing home abuse attorney can help you. We serve clients throughout West Tennessee, including in Jackson and Nashville.