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Richard M. Barron

attorney at law


Helping your loved one

Get the nursing home care they deserve,

 while legally protecting your Family's assets.


How to Select a Nursing Home


How do I select a Nursing Home?


For most families, placing a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision. First, if possible, get input from your loved one, and try to accommodate their wishes.  If they are no longer capable of making their own decisions, be sure that you have a legal authority to make decisions on their behalf, i.e. a power of attorney or court appointed guardian.Talk with their Doctors about the level of care they will need and then try to find a facility that will match that level of care.You will need to ask a lot of questions, and many answers can be found on the internet.  If you do not have internet access at home, then your local library maybe able to help.A starting point maybe the Health Care Finance Administration "Guide to Choosing a Nursing Nome"

and you can get a hard copy by calling 1-800-638-6833.

States are trying to Simplify the selection process.  The Elder Information Library is in the process of compiling all 50 state's nursing home guidelines.  To see the list go


Here are some of the questions you need to ask:

  1. Does the staff treat residents respectfully at all times?

  2. Are residents dressed appropriately and well groomed?

  3. What efforts does staff make to meet the needs of each resident?

  4. What activities are planned to meet the needs of individual residents?

  5. Is the food attractive and tasty? Try to sample a meal.

  6. How does the staff respond to calls for assistance?

  7. How are residents and family involved in resident care planning?

  8. What therapies can the facility provide?

  9. What type of arrangement does the nursing home have with a nearby hospital?

  10. Is the facility clean? Are spills and other accidents cleaned up quickly?

  11. Are the hallways free of clutter and well lighted?

  12. What are the results of the latest inspections, and is a list of residents rights posted?

For additional information request our

 "Nursing Home and Assisted Living Guide",

it is FREE,

and we will be glad to send it to you.

Click Here to request "Texas Nursing Home and Assisted Living Guide"

Legal Disclaimer

This information has been provided for informational purposes only.  It does not constitute legal advice. 

The receipt of this information does not establish an attorney-client privilege.

Proper legal advice can only be given upon consideration of all the relevant facts and the law. 

Therefore, you should not act upon any information contained herein without seeking

appropriate legal counsel.

Richard M. Barron

Attorney at Law

209 E. Main Street

Whitesboro, Texas 76273

903-564-3663, 800-939-9093

Fax - 903-564-5562

e-mail - [email protected]