With the recent attention on the state of long-term care homes, CARP offers some tips on how to spot red flags if you have a loved one in a long-term care home.
- Do the residents appear happy? Are they engaged and active?
- Are their clothes clean, are they regularly bathed?
- Are they wearing pyjamas all day or are they dressed?
- What is their mental state? Are they alert?
- Do you suspect they are being over-medicated with anti-psychotics?
- What are the policies for keeping families informed of any changes in medication or behaviour?
- Are the residents being kept in their rooms most of the day, are they being engaged or sitting in common rooms unattended?
- Is the facility clean and organized?
- What is the home’s fall prevention program?
- What is the ratio of staff members to residents?
- Do they staff who specialize in dementia treatment?
- Is there a police reference check for staff and volunteers?
CARP believes that changes are needed to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are safe when they come to the end-stages of their lives in a long-term care facility.
Though it is not possible to monitor a facility full-time, there are some things that you can keep in mind when choosing a home for your loved one.
Talk to friends, talk to the residents and do your homework on the reputation of the organization.
For a full checklist visit Nursing Home Ratings.