With so many Massachusetts nursing homes to choose from, selecting the one that is the right fit for your loved one can be a daunting task. Our Boston injury lawyers want to remind you that this is a very important decision. Unfortunately, because Massachusetts nursing home neglect and abuse continue to be issues of concern at certain facilities throughout the state, your best bet is to visit a facility and inspect it for yourself. While this is no guarantee that your loved one won’t become the victim of Boston nursing home negligence, it can help you weed out places where the chances of neglect are more likely.
When selecting a nursing home, make sure to:
• Visit more than one facility and inspect the premises and living conditions.
• Talk to medical and nursing staff to get a sense of them, their training, and their credentials.
• Ask lots of questions about the type of care they plan on giving your loved one.
• Find out what services and amenities are included in the price of admission.
• Make sure the facility is one that can take care of your loved one’s specific medical and care needs.
• Observe the day-to-day activities that go on there. Do residents appear happy? Are there ongoing activities that patients can take part in?
• Is there a feeling of community between staff and residents?
• Check out the kitchen to see if it is clean.
• Can the nursing home accommodate your loved one’s dietary needs?
• Do overall conditions at the assisted living facility appear sanitary?
• Are there standard safety measures in place? (Smoke alarms, emergency exits, locks on doors and windows, surveillance cameras, adequate security)
Once you and your loved one have selected a nursing home, you will want to make sure that you stay in regular communication with him/her after admission. When you do visit, look out for signs of possible Boston nursing home abuse or neglect, including:
• Unexplained bruises and injuries
• Bedsores • Malnutrition • Poor hygiene
• Your loved one is upset, withdrawn, depressed, fearful or agitated for no apparent reason
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Contact our Boston injury lawyers if you suspect that your loved one is the victim of Massachusetts nursing home negligence.