2.) Meet the director of nursing, administrator, and head nurses and ask them questions about how they care for residents.
3.) Be sure to ask the nursing home facility about how they prevent falls and what they do if a nursing home resident with severe dementia leans out of her/his wheelchair a lot. Do they provide supervision to residents who are at a high risk of falling? Ask them how they respond when a resident falls. Do they implement a plan to prevent another fall? Any good nursing home would make sure that residents at high risk of falling out of their wheelchair would never be left unsupervised and unattended. Those high risk residents should be put in the front of the nurses’ station where they can be watched or perhaps an activity room with at least one staff member supervising.
4.) Check the facility for cleanliness and smells.
5.) Ask how often residents who need assistance with bathing are bathed.
6.) Ask how often a doctor comes to the facility to check on residents.
7.) Ask who gives medicines to residents and how they can ensure that all medicines be given correctly.
8.) Ask them if they allow male nurses
or nursing assistants to do intimate procedures on female residents.
If the answer is yes, encourage them to make a policy to prohibit male
nurses and assistants from doing intimate procedures on female nursing
home residents due to potential sexual abuse and the fact many women
are not comfortable with males for intimate care. Check out How
Nursing Homes Can Respect Residents’ Dignity and Prevent Sexual
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