Don’t Wait Until Last Minute to Choose a Nursing Home

August 14, 2014 | Crandall & Pera Law
Don’t Wait Until Last Minute to Choose a Nursing Home

Taking the time to select the right nursing home is one of the most important steps families can take for the 1.4 million residents currently living in these often-feared institutional settings, according to a recent article in The New York Times. 

When paid for privately, the average cost for nursing home care ranges from $10,000 to $15,000 a month. Medicare does not pay for long-term nursing home care, only temporary skilled care, usually in the rehabilitation section of the home.

Finding the right facility is similar to shopping for a new car - it requires considerable preparation to become an educated consumer, writes Joanna R. Leefer in "Almost Like Home," a user-friendly guide to choosing a nursing home.

"The biggest mistake people make is waiting until the last minute, when faced with a crisis, to find a suitable facility," said Leefer. "You're forced into an impulsive decision that you're not likely to be happy with unless you're really very lucky."

Once the family member is admitted, it is also critical to monitor their care. Check for any hints of physical abuse and signs of incipent or existing bed sores, which can become infected and hasten death. Read the full article here:

Nursing Home Unthinkable? Be Prepared in Case It's Inevitable 

The nursing home population is continuing to increase and will so more now that baby boomers are entering the age where such an institution may be necessary. The influx of patients will lead to a further increase in nursing home negligence, wrongful death and over medication cases as well.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to nursing home abuse or negligence, call the professionals at Crandall & Pera Law for a free case evaluation. Crandall & Pera Law is available to help answer your questions and guide you in determining your next steps.