There isn’t a definitive list of “good” or “bad” nursing homes, but you can make better decisions if you do some educated snooping and make proper use the information that’s available. You should visit any home you’re considering so you can see for yourself where your father might live.
- Does the facility seem clean and well organized?
- Is the staff responsive?
- Search the Internet for articles, forums or information from past/present residents and family about the facility.
- Take notes and ask for copies of written policies concerning patient care.
You should also contact the Texas Department of Human Services (1-800-458-9858) to check state survey reports. Every nursing home in the state is inspected annually, and the TDHS can tell you whether the home you’re considering has violated state or federal standards