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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:


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


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

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