Selecting a Minnesota Nursing Home – What Questions Should I Ask?
When Selecting a Minnesota Nursing Home – Make Informed Choices. Ask questions and gather information before entering into an agreement with a housing or care provider to help ensure a good fit. Check the past history of the facility surveys and complaint history and other information available from Medicare and others.
When Selecting a Minnesota Nursing Home consider asking questions or discuss topic such as:
• Assess your health needs now and over the next ten years
• Ask the provider how they will assist you in securing additional services as your health needs progress
• Assess your desired level of autonomy
• Remember that in any facility, you may bring in your own services, if the facility does not offer certain services to meet your needs
• Determine what license or registration the provider holds (often posted at a facility) and investigate any surveys or complaints on the facility
• Ask about the process to give feedback and make complaints and how the provider responds
• Ask whether the provider has a “resident advisory” or “family” council, which allows residents and family members to receive education and discuss concerns
• Determine cost of stay and source of payments, such as Medicare or Medical Assistance, and the implications of receiving certain payments
• Ask for a copy of the admissions, housing and/or services contract to review prior to entering into an agreement with the provider or program
• Determine who should be responsible for your financial and health decisions, including whether a health care directive or power of attorney is desired or necessary
• Determine who should sign an admission agreement and what duties arise for the signor
• Consider all factors, including family considerations, geography, special health needs, and the senior’s wishes, including a desire to not have services
Visit the nursing home or provider at feeding and bedtime to see how staff interacts with residents.
More Information About Selecting a Minnesota Nursing Home
The following are links to resources for caregivers of nursing home, assisted living, and other elder care facilities
Minnesota Department of Health Complaints Against Nursing Home
Medicare & Medicaid Quality of Care Surveys
This website is not intended to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota or having questions about selecting a Minnesota Nursing Home, please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member. To contact attorney Kenneth LaBore, directly please send an email to klabore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com, or call Ken at 612-743-9048.