Choosing an Illinois nursing home and protecting our loved ones from neglect is a very important and serious decision that many of us will need to make in our lifetimes. How do you choose the right nursing home for your loved one when there are literally hundreds of options in Illinois? There are a number of factors to consider before choosing a nursing home, some of which include, the amount of staff at the facility, whether the staff are pleasant and caring, the quality of the food, the proximity of the nursing home to loved ones who can visit, and of course, whether your loved one will feel comfortable in the nursing home.
While it isn't right for an attorney to give a recommendation on nursing home placement, there are a number of good resources on the web that can help you determine the best nursing home for your loved one. To get you started, our attorneys have compiled a list of nursing homes in various geographic locations around Illinois, and their rankings according to US News.
If you have questions related to another nursing home, feel free to call one of our experienced nursing home attorneys for a free consultation today.
Keep in mind that a high rating by US News does not necessarily mean that you or a loved one will receive good care at a nursing home and a poor score does not necessarily mean that you or a loved one is destined to be abused or neglected if placed there. Do your own due diligence before choosing where to place your loved one. Choosing a nursing home is a subjective decision - only you can know what feels right to you.
The following acts may also be beneficial in determining the right nursing home for you or your loved one:
- Tour the facility;
- Try the food at the facility;
- Speak with the department heads of the nursing home, including the director of nursing and administrator; and
- Talk to staff about your questions and concerns.
The Chicago Tribune also recently covered this topic, here.