As our loved ones age, caring for them at home can become increasingly difficult. Nursing homes can offer a solution, but it’s important to ensure that the facility is safe and secure for your parents.
In Florida, there are regulations in place to help protect residents of nursing homes, but there are also steps you can take to ensure your parents’ safety.
Research the nursing home
The first step in keeping your parent safe in a Florida nursing home is to research the facility thoroughly. You can start by checking the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) website, which provides information about the facility’s license, inspection reports, and any complaints or disciplinary actions taken against the facility. You should also visit the facility and speak with staff and residents to understand the environment.
Check for safety measures
Look for safety measures within the nursing home. This includes emergency procedures, fire drills, evacuation plans, and safety features like handrails, non-slip flooring, and smoke detectors. Ensure that the facility has a policy for preventing falls, which can be a common occurrence among the elderly.
Monitor your parent’s care
Keep an eye on your parent’s care in the nursing home. Visit regularly and talk to the staff about your parent’s care plan. Ensure the staff is aware of any medical conditions your parents have and the medications they are taking. If you notice any concerns or issues, address them with the nursing home staff.
Communication is key to ensuring your parent’s safety in a nursing home. Contact the nursing home staff for updates on your parent’s care. You should also ensure that the nursing home has up-to-date contact information for you and any other family members who should be informed in an emergency.
Keeping a parent safe in a Florida nursing home requires time and effort. If you notice your parent being neglected or abused, it is important to know your legal rights.