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Things to consider when looking for nursing home care

As the population ages, more people will begin looking for a place to receive help with daily activities and medical needs. With different levels of nursing home care available, it could take some time to choose the right place. Atlanta has a variety of places for every income and need level, and choosing the right home requires careful consideration.

One of the first considerations is the staff. With far too many news stories about abuse and neglect, asking a plethora of questions about their training, experience and education just makes sense. What is the staff to patient ratio? An understaffed nursing home often leads to neglect, if not abuse.

Taking a close look at the people already living in the facility could provide some clues as to the level of care as well. It may be a good place to live if the current residents look clean, happy and engaged. Look closely around the facility for cleanliness. Make sure there is not a heavy odor of deodorizer or perfume type sprays, which could be used to mask odors such as urine. Do the meals look appetizing and nutritious?

These are just some of the questions to ask when searching for nursing home care. Atlanta's aging residents deserve the best care possible, and family members want to know they are receiving it, but care is expensive. The more individuals and their families can plan ahead for this kind of care, the more options they will have when the time comes. Working with an attorney experienced in nursing home and Medicaid planning could create a plan that gives families the ability to be more discerning.

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