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How to Keep Your Loved One Safe in a Nursing Home

How to Keep Your Loved One Safe in a Nursing Home

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nursing home residents account for 20% of fall-related deaths among people 65 and older.  This is just one reason that it is important for family members to stay informed and be vigilant about their loved ones' care. Here are some important ways to keep your loved ones safe in nursing homes.

How to Keep Your Loved One Safe in a Nursing Home

  1. The vast majority of nursing home residents cannot speak for themselves.  Ask questions for them.

  2. When trying to determine which Nursing Home is right for your family member, know the Medicare 5 -Star Quality Rating of each facility you examine before making a decision.

  3. Know the common signs of eldercare abuse:

    1. Repeat injuries

    2. Weight loss

    3. Bed sores

    4. Frequent falls

    5. Suddenly fearful

  4. If you have a conflict with the nursing home that you cannot successfully resolve on your own, contact the Georgia Long Term Care Ombudsman.  This is a group of staff and trained volunteers devoted to helping improve the lives of residents in long term care facilities

  5. If you believe that your loved one's care has been compromised and you are unable to get help on your own, seek legal advice.

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