Phoenix, AZ (Vocus/PRWEB) February 14, 2011
Choosing a nursing home for a parent, grandparent, or other loved one is a difficult decision. Knowing what to look out for can aid greatly in the process and help assure that your loved one receives top-quality care. The law firm Solomon & Relihan, which has been working with nursing home residents for decades, provides tips on choosing a good nursing home.
The internet can provide a wealth of information about nursing homes, but visiting the nursing home is critical to making a decision of whether to trust the facility with a loved one's care.
When first visiting the nursing home, there are specific things that a prospective resident's family should check to make sure that the home is the right one for them:
Why Arizona Nursing Home "Quality Ratings" Can Be Misleading
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) gives nursing homes in Phoenix and throughout Arizona a "quality rating" based on information collected in an annual license renewal inspection. Many people rely on these quality ratings in choosing a nursing home. However, they often can be misleading.
Based almost entirely on whatever deficiencies the ADHS employees observe at the time of the annual inspection, the "quality rating" often fails to take into account problems found during previous complaint investigation surveys. The "quality rating" also does not score the facility's compliance with many state and federal regulations. This means that nursing homes can receive a high quality rating even though significant, dangerous problems exist at the facility.
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