The decision to put someone you love in a nursing home is never easy. But sometimes a facility can offer your family member better care than you could provide on your own. So even though it’s an emotional decision, moving your loved one into a nursing home may be the best choice.

Make Sure to Research Nursing Homes

Before you sign any paperwork, however, it’s important that you do your research. South Carolina has many nursing homes that are ranked high in their services. But there are also facilities within this state that have received poor write-ups about their treatment of residents.

This is why examining every nursing home is so essential. You want to be sure your relative will be safe and well attended at all times.

In addition to finding out as much information as possible about each prospective facility, it’s also wise to visit different nursing centers. Plan on more than one visit so that you can see each home at different times of day.

Also, make sure to look around and take notes on what you see. Keep a list of crucial questions to ask yourself as you make your observations such as:

  • Does the nursing home appear clean?
  • How big are the rooms?
  • Do residents seem happy?
  • What types of activities are offered to residents?
  • Were you given a tour?
  • How open are the staff and administrators when you ask questions?

In speaking with staff, have a set of questions ready. These questions can include:

  • How often can I visit my family member?
  • Does this facility have references?
  • What is the ratio of aides to residents?
  • What kinds of costs can I expect?

Remember to ask anything you feel is relevant to the happiness of your loved one. The goal is to find a facility that will be a good place in every way imaginable.

Finally, don’t leave before giving the home a smell test. If you detect any scent of urine, you should not place your loved one in this facility.

Helpful Resources On South Carolina Nursing Homes

To assist your investigation of South Carolina nursing homes, be sure to check out these websites. Each one supplies valuable information about facilities in your area so that you can use to narrow down your search.

Need Legal Help?

You put a lot of trust in the nursing home that looks after your loved one. So it’s natural to feel betrayed if your relative is mistreated in a facility that’s supposed to provide compassionate care. Our South Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Joye Law Firm understand how terrible it is to learn that your family member is being abused. Please contact us for a free consultation at 877-936-9707 to discuss the details of your nursing home abuse case or fill out our convenient online form today.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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