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How can I tell if a nursing home is negligent?

For New Haven families looking for a nursing home on the behalf of a loved one, finding quality care is crucial. There are many red flags to be aware of, many of which indicate that a facility may be negligent towards residents. Not only does negligence diminish one's quality of life, it can also lead to serious health consequences. U.S. News & World Report recommends looking for the following signs when in search of a nursing facility for a family member.

Lack of variety

While living in a nursing home must be somewhat regimented, residents shouldn’t suffer from a complete lack of variety. Quality homes provide residents with an abundance of choices, whether they involve what time a person wakes up in the morning or what activities are available on a day-to-day basis. This variety can make quite a difference, as choices give seniors a sense of autonomy that is essential to leading a fulfilled life.

A chaotic environment

Many people in nursing homes suffer from cognitive issues, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Loud, chaotic environments can be very stressful for people with these issues, as well as making other residents feel on edge or unable to relax. When taking a tour of the home, pay close attention to noise levels within the environment. Staff should make every attempt to create a soothing, calming environment for residents to prevent further distress from occurring.

Disrespectful staff

Staff behavior towards residents is another important consideration. Staff should never be rude or dismissive towards seniors, and they should make it a point to interact positively as much as possible. For many residents, staff interaction might make up the majority of their socialization, and when staff is disrespectful it can have a distinctly negative impact on one's mental state.


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