Ask These Questions BEFORE Admitting Your Elderly Loved One Into an Oklahoma Nursing Home

February 24, 2016  |  Serious Accidents, Nursing Home Abuse

Oklahoma: There’s a scary trend happening in nursing homes around the country. Brief explanation? They’re failing our elderly loved ones. You can blame a variety of factors, from Wall Street and forced arbitration to complications incurred by Medicare and Medicare coverage to plain-old negligence.

Unfortunately, this trend is even hitting us right here at home, where quality in nursing homes is not what we think it needs to be.

The Midwest City Nursing Center has recently been cited by CMS for not improving its quality even after it was first brought into the limelight under an initial inspection that revealed less than satisfactory standards.

You see, this nursing home got a second chance. And it failed. It will receive one more chance, in the coming month, and if it fails again, then it risks being shut down or cut off from receiving Medicare dollars.

Scary stuff. If you’re considering admitting your loved one to a nursing home in Oklahoma for either short or long term care, try to ask the questions below BEFORE signing any papers. Given the scary trend happening throughout Oklahoma and around our nation, these questions could help save your elderly loved one from serious pain and suffering.

  1. Ask the nursing home for the results from their latest State or CMS survey. This information should be made readily available to anyone who requests to see it.
  2. Ask the nursing home staff about the measures they are taking to improve the quality of care for their elderly residents.
  3. If you discover that the nursing home you are considering for your loved one is on the SFF list, try to learn how long the nursing home has been on the list. That’s because nursing homes that have been on the list for 18 to 24 months are nearing one of two scenarios: Graduating from the list, because they have made significant improvements, or failing and thus ending their participation in Medicare and Medicaid.

As always, you get bonus points if you are able to visit the nursing home yourself. That’s because you’ll be able to start identifying the differences between what the facilities’ sales team says, and how the facility actually functions.

Dangerous or subpar nursing homes are more likely to cause serious or potentially even deadly nursing home abuse, be it physical, emotional or sexual, or medical negligence. Please visit our nursing home page to learn more about these risks and the tricks to identify the warning signs before it’s too late.

You can also save our number somewhere where you won’t forget it. Email this blog to yourself, print it out or save it in your bookmarks. Because, should you become concerned that your elderly loved one is being abused or hurt in a nursing home, there are some steps that you need to take fast to get them help and hold the nursing home accountable. Call us at 866-612-0246 or contact us online to learn more.

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