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How can you protect your elderly loved one in a nursing home?

When you make the decision to place your loved one in a nursing home facility in Washington, chances are you spend considerable time weighing your options and comparing facilities to determine an optimal fit for your loved one and his or her needs. However, it can still be difficult to trust staff members to provide compassionate and vigilant care for someone you are so concerned about. Fortunately, there are proactive things you can do to check on your loved one's safety without getting in the way or exhausting your resources. 

According to SafeWise, each time you visit the nursing home facility where your loved one resides, here are some of the things you can do to check on your loved one's well-being and better protect him or her from unnecessary injury or stress:

  • Pay attention to things that seem out of the norm. This could be a change in your loved one's attitude, suspicious injuries or even sudden aversions to certain foods or activities.
  • Discuss any concerns you have with qualified staff members who can provide you with insight into your loved one's well-being. Report any concerns to staff in a timely manner to prevent problems from worsening.
  • Be vigilant in observing your loved one's surroundings. Are things clean and sanitized? Is bedding fresh? Do staff members interact with residents in a way that is respectful and genuine?

By visiting your loved one regularly, you can be better able to detect when something is wrong and requires immediate modification. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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