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More on Choosing a Nursing Home for Your Loved One

A short time ago, we published a blog about good nursing homes not allowing residents to wander off and included questions you should ask when interviewing nursing home directors. In line with this topic of choosing high quality nursing homes and avoiding substandard facilities, here is some additional information to assist you.

US News released an article about a rating system used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Nursing homes rated with five stars show top ratings for:

  • Their nursing staff
  • Their quality of health care
  • Results from health inspections

Approximately 22 percent of Indiana nursing homes achieved five-star rankings.

Unfortunately, a number of nursing homes do not rate well and put residents at risk through substandard conditions and care. The Post Tribune reported that toward the end of 2013, the Arc of Northwest Indiana planned to shut down 22 supervised living group homes. This decision resulted from the fact that the Indiana Department of Health decertified three homes at the request of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).

Even though the Arc of Northwest Indiana implemented considerable changes in how the homes were being operated by bringing in new staff management, it was not adequate to deal with certain challenges. Substandard conditions were sufficient to request decertification. Existing risks due to health and safety issues led to the FSSA wanting residents removed as soon as possible. Other aspects of ARC of Northwest Indiana, such as Medicaid waiver housing, day programs and employment training met inspection requirements and remained in operation.

Thoroughly researching a nursing home before registering a loved one there is a wise action. When you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, consult with an experienced law firm about your legal options. Skilled attorneys provide invaluable guidance to help you protect your loved one.