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
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
Does the staff treat residents
respectfully at all times?
Are residents dressed appropriately
and well groomed?
What efforts does staff make to meet
the needs of each resident?
What activities are planned to meet
the needs of individual residents?
Is the food attractive and tasty? Try
to sample a meal.
How does the staff respond to calls
How are residents and family involved
in resident care planning?
What therapies can the facility
What type of arrangement does the
nursing home have with a nearby hospital?
Is the facility
clean? Are spills and
other accidents cleaned up quickly?
Are the hallways free of clutter and
What are the results of the latest
inspections, and is a list of residents rights posted?
For additional information request our
Home and Assisted Living Guide",
and we will be
glad to send it to you.
Click Here to request "Texas Nursing Home and Assisted Living Guide"
has been provided for informational purposes only. It
does not constitute legal advice.
The receipt of
this information does not establish an attorney-client
advice can only be given upon consideration of all the
relevant facts and the law.
should not act upon any information contained herein without
Richard M. Barron
Attorney at Law
209 E. Main Street
Whitesboro, Texas 76273
Fax - 903-564-5562