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Key Factors to Finding a Strong Assisted Living Facility

How to Select a Strong Assisted Living Facility

We have handled a fair amount of assisted living personal injury cases. So we know firsthand about the horror stories in the news about the mistreatment and abuse of assisted living residents. If you're making the decision to transition your parents into a new living situation, you need to know the keys to finding a good assisted living facility:

• Appearance of the facility: The facility should look and smell clean. The residents who need help should be assisted promptly and all staff members should be located in places accessible to the residents.

• Proper nutrition: Assisted living facilities must serve their residents at least three well-balanced meals per day, as well as additional snacks. To monitor proper nutrition, the resident's weight should be recorded weekly.

• Assistance with toileting and bathing: Residents in need of additional help should be bathed regularly and should always have access to a staff member who can provide bathroom assistance.

• Accommodations: Each resident is unique and has different needs that need to be accommodated. For example, if a resident has had a stroke and his left arm is paralyzed, then he will need to be accommodated so that everything is within reach of his right arm.

• Staffing: Understaffing can be a huge problem in assisted living facilities. Without proper staffing, the residents' needs cannot all be met adequately and there is an increased chance for abuse. A facility with plenty of trained staff and nurses available is able to provide the best care.

• It's all about the resident: An easy way to tell if a resident is receiving proper care is to simply look at them. Look for signs of good health, such as clean skin, a healthy weight, and a smile on their face. If they have complaints, or you don't think that they are being taken good care of, then speak up for them.

You may also be intersted in checking out this article, which details potential abuses that may occur in nursing homes and assisted living residential facilities.  

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