Nursing home abuse is absolutely abhorrent, and you should never have to worry about whether or not your loved one is being abused at the facility they reside in. Unfortunately, there are times when abuse does occur. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many people thinking about the safety of nursing homes. Not all assisted living facilities have had major outbreaks of the coronavirus, but this pandemic has made us realize just how vulnerable those who reside in these facilities are. The good news is that there are ways that you can check on the safety history of the facility your loved one resides in (or check on the facility before you make your choice to move your loved one in). Your first step should be Medicare’s website that tracks nursing home facilities.
Whether your loved one is already in a nursing home or you are searching for the right assisted living facility for your loved one, your first step is finding a facility close to you. It is recommended that you choose a facility close to your location so that you can visit regularly. Not only do regular visits with family members help with the mental well-being of your loved one in the facility, but they also allow you to keep an eye on your loved one’s condition. Regular visits allow you to continually monitor for signs and symptoms of abuse.
Your first step should be to go to the Medicare Nursing Home Compare website that has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the US. When you go to this webpage, you will first be asked to put in the location where you wish to search for facilities. You can put in your zip code or the city and click search. The search result will come back with a list of homes in the area.
As part of the information provided, you will be able to see rankings for each home’s overall rating, health inspections, staffing, quality measures, and more. Importantly, you will see a prominent red sign with a hand in the “stop” position next to the name of any home that has been cited for abuse or neglect within the last 12 months. When you see this sign, you should certainly do diligent research on the cited facility before making the choice to place your loved one there.
If you are concerned about the nursing home facility that your loved one is in, or if you are in the planning stages of moving your loved one into an assisted living facility, you do need to take steps to keep your loved ones safe. While the Medicare website is a great place to gather initial information, you may need to turn to an attorney if you believe your loved one has been harmed or is in danger. At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., our nursing home abuse lawyers in Boston, MA are ready to help. We will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you and your loved one may be entitled to. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 617-917-3917.