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Here's 3 tips for finding a better nursing home

Nursing home neglect is a pervasive problem throughout the United States. Nursing homes are held accountable when these instances of neglect are reported, but it's necessary for people to go through horrible pain and suffering before that can happen.

It is important that your loved one doesn't have to struggle when they should be receiving care. Senior citizens deserve respect and support from those around them. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sure the nursing home is safe for your loved ones. Here are three things you can do before you choose a nursing home.

1. Look at its reviews online

A nursing home director can give you many statistics about the home, but only other residents and families can tell you if the property is safe, if they've had good interactions with the staff members and if there have been problems with the facility in the past. Many families and residents will post their views of the facility online, giving unbiased reports on the nursing home.

2. Talk to residents

When you come to the facility to tour it, talk to the residents. You should get an idea about how they're feeling by the way they act. Many people sitting around, complaining, getting confused or otherwise being left without care is a bad sign for a nursing home. Patients should be within sight of nurses' stations and aides, so they're properly cared for.

3. Check smells

Finally, check the smell of the facility. There's no question that poorly maintained hygiene causes an intense smell in some facilities. You want to go somewhere where you know your loved one will receive good hygienic care.

These are a few tips for finding a good nursing home. The right facility can be a huge boost to your loved one's care and their quality of life.

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