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Updated by Samantha Stein on Nov 09, 2016
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5 Warning Signs of Bad Nursing Home Care

Here's a list of five warning signs that can help sort good nursing homes from bad nursing homes. Use this list in order to find a nursing home that will provide your loved ones with quality care.



Frequent change in staff

Like any other company, organization, or institute customer-centric services, you can tell a lot about a facility from how satisfied and happy its employees are. Staff turnover is unavoidable, but if happens frequently, then you might want to consider changing nursing homes.

If a facility is unable to take care of their own employees, then how can they fully care for their residents? Staff-resident interaction is necessary for the well-being of your loved ones.


What does your nose say?

Your five senses can help you determine if your loved ones are getting the quality care that they need. When you first step into the facility or during your visits, look around and see if the place is kept clean.

Pay attention to what your nose picks up, as well. While it is normal to encounter a few unpleasant odors in nursing homes, you must pay attention to how it is dealt with by the staff. Does it linger for more time than necessary?


What does the Internet say?

Thanks to technology, we can now access so much information with just a few clicks. Take advantage of this and look for reviews and comments about the nursing home you are considering.

Are there reports of violations done by the facility? And how serious are they? There are also multiple articles and Websites that provide lists of nursing homes with red flags.

Consult organizations on how to go about looking for nursing homes. Choosing nursing homes are an integral part of long term care planning, so talk to the professionals. Let them lead you to the right direction because these are the ones who know the Ins and Outs of long term care basics.


Pay attention to what your loved one says… and doesn’t say.

At times, when Mom says, “I don’t want him/her taking care of me”, we often assume that it is a statement brought about by cognitive problems she is dealing with. But in reality, this is actually a cry for help. Do not take these statements lightly.

They must always be comfortable, especially with the people in charge of their lives. Do not ignore them when they say these kinds of statements. Investigate, and find out what made her say that.

Additionally, pay close attention to how your loved ones are after being admitted in a nursing home. Did their demeanor change? Are they suddenly withdrawn and uncommunicative? Keep in mind that emotional abuse does not leave bruises and marks, but it severely affects anyone.


Trust your gut

Sometimes, everything can seem orderly and perfect, and yet your instincts are telling you that something is not right. Because there is no evidence of anything strange going on, you think that you are just having an off day.

However, we advise that you listen to your gut. If something does not feel right, then investigate. Take the time to look around because that feeling is there for a reason, you just have to look for it. Your loved one’s well-being is too precious to risk.

  • Samantha Stein is an online content manager for whose works focus on long term care insurance, finance, elder care, and retirement. In line with the organization’s goal, Samantha creates content that helps raise awareness on the importance of having a comprehensive long term care plan not just for the good of the individual but for the safety of the entire family.

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