Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP
Serving Clients in West Virginia, Kentucky & Ohio
Call us now to begin a free consultation
Toll Free: 866-228-4692
Local: 304-553-0830
Home and Hospital Visits Available

What are some red flags about nursing homes?

When choosing a nursing home in West Virginia, it's just as important to look for red flags as it is to look for positive attributes that you want in the nursing home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the following:

Violence

Sadly, some nursing homes have a history of violent incidents against residents. These are tracked and reported, and you can get some of this information on Medicare.gov.

Violations

Many things other than violence count as violations, such as incidents where residents are accidentally allowed to leave the property unsupervised. While just one violation may not be that big of a deal, repeated violations could show that the home is unsafe.

Turnover rates

The best nursing homes often have employees who stay for years. High turnover rates can mean staff are not as well trained or as well prepared, or it could mean that the home is a bad working - and living - environment.

No independence

Residents do need help and supervision, but they also have to have some independence. If they're not given any freedom at all, it can feel more like a jail than an assisted living home.

In the end, always remember to trust your gut. If the place rubs you the wrong way and you feel uneasy for any reason, it's probably a good reason. Don't be afraid to look at many homes to find one where you feel your elderly loved ones will be happy and safe.

If you do have issues with the home or think elder abuse is happening, though, you need to know what legal options you have.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "5 Traits of the Worst Nursing Homes," accessed June 11, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
How Can We Help You?

Contact Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, Today for a Free Consultation

To schedule an initial consultation with our attorneys, please call 304-553-0830 or toll free at 866-228-4692, or you can email the firm.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

1125 Virginia Street East
Charleston, WV 25301

Toll Free: 866-228-4692
Phone: 304-553-0830
Charleston Law Office Map

Map