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Choose a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility Wisely

February 13, 2013 | Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse | Share

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"Whatever it's called - nursing home, assisted living or long-term care facility choosing the right 'next home' for a loved one is an important, difficult and often stressful decision." says Nursing Home Negligence Attorney, Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.

Here are some points one may consider when evaluating facilities:

  • Complaints/Legal Actions - Have there been any complaints filed about, or legal action taken against, the facility being considered? Check the facility's most recent annual Public Health survey results.


  • Staff - Does the staff seem overworked? (Are call lights over room doors on and unanswered?)

                        Are there medical professionals dedicated to the facility?

                        Is the staff trained and certified to care for residents?

                        Are background checks performed on employees?

                        Are licensed nurses available 24/7?

                        What is the turnover rate?

                        Is the staff smiling?

  Does the staff speak with the residents and are friendly and                                                 accommodating?


  • Reception - Is the reception staff friendly, welcoming and accommodating?


  • Facility  -  Does the facility have shared or private rooms?

            Is the facility bright, clean, comfortable, airy and welcoming?

            Is the facility well-maintained?


  •   Attitude - Do the residents appear to be well-cared for, clean and happy? 

   Does the staff appear responsive to resident's needs and happy doing their jobs?


  • Meals - Are meals served in a central dining room and also available in resident rooms?

                 Are there meals suitable for the residents' diets?

                 Do current residents enjoy their meals and meal time?


  • Activity - Is physical therapy available at the facility?

                 Do residents get time outdoors?

                 Do residents have the opportunity to interact with one another?


  • Accommodation - How are personal preferences handled?

Does the facility have a unit specifically dedicated to your loved one's needs (example - dementia)?


"It's important to visit facilities at different times of day and evening because of staff and activity changes.  Here are some other sources to help prevent nursing home negligence." says Attorney Spivey.


            CNN Money - Find the Right Nursing Home

            AARP - Care Giving Resource Center 


Florida Nursing Home Negligence Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at  239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to  Visit  for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.

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