When you have decided on a nursing home, you can help prevent issues. This can happen by providing information about your loved one and your family. Prevent miscommunication, neglect, and abuse by giving this information to a nursing home. If your loved one already lives in a nursing home, provide this information now. Below is a list of important information that you should give to the nursing home that you decide on.
There is some information that you should provide a nursing home with. This information can reduce the risk of medical errors, neglect, and abuse. Be sure to provide the nursing home with a detailed list of your loved one’s medical history. Be sure to make the nursing staff aware of information such as:
- Family medical history.
- Basic information such as sex/date of birth/ethnicity, etc.
- History of surgeries that your loved one has had.
- History of any diseases or illnesses that your loved one has had.
- Any mental health conditions.
- History of vaccinations and medications that your loved one has received.
- Current medical conditions.
- Lifestyle habits. For example, information about smoking, drug use, alcohol use, diet, exercise routines, etc.
Providing this medical information will prepare the staff to treat your loved one. Many issues that arise can be easily fixed with proper knowledge of a resident’s medical history. Having this information can also prevent certain medical errors.
Special Needs Information
Other material that you should provide to the nursing home is any information regarding your loved one’s special needs. In some cases, a nursing home may not have the resources to properly treat your loved one. It is best to provide this information as soon as possible. This way, you can learn about the nursing home’s resources. Also you can create a care plan that will accommodate your loved one. If you do not feel that the nursing home can give your loved one’s needs special attention, find another home. Creating the right care plan for your loved one’s needs or eliminating a home from your search that won’t cater to your loved one’s needs can prevent neglect, abuse, and medical errors down the road.
Having the logistics taken care of as soon as possible can help when picking a nursing home. Talk to the Director of Operations or another employee about what kind of insurance the nursing home accepts. Also discuss how you can go about making payments. Some common forms of insurance that a nursing home will accept include:
- Private insurance.
- Veterans administration aid.
- Long-term care insurance.
- Health insurance.
Communicating with the nursing home about how the bills will be paid for is an essential step in making sure that your loved one is comfortable in the home.
Current Health Status Information
The current health of your loved one is just as important as your loved one’s medical history. You need to inform the nursing home of any current diseases, illnesses, injuries, surgeries, etc. that your loved one has experienced. Providing an up-to-date list of current medication is also essential in making sure that your loved one gets the right treatment in the nursing home. You should be as specific as possible when providing all of this information – particularly information regarding medication. This will help nurses and nursing staff when administering medication and it can prevent medical errors. Clearly providing this information will combat an employee’s statement that they didn’t know about your loved one’s medical conditions in the event that an issue occurs. This information should get updated periodically as the status of your loved one’s health changes.
List of Health Care Providers
While your loved one will receive treatment from nurses, doctors, and other nursing home staff members, it is a good idea to provide the nursing home with information about your parent’s past or current health care providers. A clear list of contact information for your loved one’s doctors will give the nursing home communication options if they have questions regarding your loved one’s health or medical history. Providing this information from the beginning will make the process of obtaining vital information regarding your loved one’s health as simple and easy as possible If your loved one already lives in a home, provide the information as soon as you can. As with the other information that you should provide, you can give this information to the nursing home at any time.
You and your family should designate one person who will primarily communicate with the nursing home. This person should be in charge of contacting the nursing home in the event of an issue, if a complaint has to be made, or if you simply need information regarding your parent. While this person will primarily deal with the nursing home, it is a good idea to provide the home with a comprehensive list of emergency contacts for your parent. Within this list of contacts, you can provide information for relevant parties, such as your loved one’s:
- Family members.
Having this information readily available will ensure that you and other people are contacted in a timely manner if there is ever an issue.
Create a Will
In order to protect your loved one’s assets and prepare for the future, it is a good idea to establish a Will before your loved one goes into a nursing home or while they are in a nursing home. This will ensure that your loved one has funeral plans and other preparations created. It will also ensure that your loved one’s assets remain protected and that potential beneficiaries’ interests stay protected. A Will can also protect your loved one’s health care needs.
Another way to protect your loved one is by invoking power of attorney or having your attorney review paperwork and policies related to the nursing home. If there is anything that leaves your loved one vulnerable to neglect or abuse in the structure of the nursing home or in the paperwork, your lawyer will be able to catch it and advise you on how to proceed. These precautionary measures will outline and protect your loved one’s health care needs, assets, and more.
Create an Account for Personal Needs
To protect both your loved one’s personal interests and their health, you should consider opening a personal needs account that the nursing home can manage. You and your family can deposit money into this account, and the nursing home and your loved one can manage the account to ensure that your loved one’s needs are met. Instead of giving the nursing home access to all of your loved one’s finances, this can ensure that your loved one does not get taken advantage of but that they still has access to money for personal use.