Charlotte, North Carolina Nursing Homes: Bringing Good Cheer to Your Loved Ones During The Holidays

November 20, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

With the holiday season just getting started, now is a good time to plan a visit to see your loved one at nursing home. This time of year can be rough for nursing home patients, who may miss their friends and family more than usual. A visit to bring them holiday cheer can lift their spirits. spirits. It can also be good time to make sure that your relative or friend is not suffering from Charlotte, North Carolina nursing home abuse or neglect.

A few steps you can take to make sure your visit will benefit your loved one:
• Find out when is the best time to visit. You don’t want to show up in the middle of a physical therapy session or when your loved one is not available for some other reason.
• Make sure that you customize your visit according to the resident’s needs. For example, should you take the patient out of the assisted living facility for lunch or will it be better if you stay on the premises?
• Think of activities you can do together that the nursing home resident will enjoy.

Spending quality time with your loved one is what matters. However, while you are visiting—especially if you don’t go there on a frequent basis—it is also a good idea to check out the facility and observe staff to make sure that he/she is getting the proper nursing care and living in a safe environment.

• Does your loved one seem relaxed and content?
Do you notice any awkward interactions between the patient and nursing home workers or patients?
• Does he/she seem depressed or fearful?
• Does he/she have unexplained bruises or other injuries?
• Observe nursing home staff. How do they interact with the residents and each other?
• Is the assisted living facility clean?
When you ask staff members about your loved one’s care plan do they seem involved and informed?

While directly asking your relative/friend about his/her experience is helpful, not every patient can speak out because of dementia or other health issues or out of fear. Our Hickory, North Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers want you to know that if you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated or not getting the proper care you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the assisted living facility.

You should also remove your him/her from any suspected abusive or dangerous situation and notify the authorities about your concerns. The sooner you speak with a Lumberton, North Carolina personal injury lawyer about your suspicions, the better.

Licensed Facilities, NC Division of Health Service Regulation

Nursing Homes, North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services

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