Searching for an Ohio Nursing Home for Alzheimer’s Patients

Ohio Nursing Homes for Alzheimer PatientsOne of the most difficult conversations that a family will ever have to have is the decision of whether or not to place a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease into an Ohio nursing home. It is very important to be completely prepared and informed about every aspect of this decision—particularly what the family needs to look at when deciding which Ohio nursing home would be the best.

There are no specific nursing home regulations that single out Alzheimer’s patients for special treatment. So it is important for the family to take charge of the search for the appropriate managed care facility. Alzheimer’s patients can be very difficult to deal with, and a family should make absolutely sure that the chosen Ohio nursing home can provide the best possible care. There are no hard-and-fast guidelines for this search but there are a number of proactive actions that a family can take.

First, and before any move, a complete physical and mental assessment of your loved one should be completed.  A candid discussion of the individual’s needs should be done in the presence of the family and caregivers.  Try to decide what the person is really capable of, and in what areas the person needs assistance. Honesty is crucial.  An open and honest discussion will help with the selection of a facility, but will also help the staff at the facility get a baseline idea of your loved one’s needs.

Next, do your research. You can do online research on the facilities that you are considering at this Medicare website:

Next up is a visit to the facility, which is a must. Visit several of them. Before deciding on a facility at least two visits are in order.  The first visit should be a scheduled visit to get a tour from the staff.  If the initial visit passes muster, a second unannounced visit should be made.  The second visit will likely be more telling than a carefully coordinately tour.  Do not hesitate to talk with the staff during your visits.  You can learn a lot about the facility based on the attitude and demeanor of the staff.  An unhappy staff is often an indicator of unhappy residents.

Find out if the facility takes special care for Alzheimer’s patients, even though the law does not require it. Check to see if the home does the following:

Place restrictions on in-and-out privileges for residents.  This helps decrease the likelihood of escape and wandering.

Require visitors to sign in. Mentally impaired residents are disproportionately physically and sexually abused compared with the general nursing home population.

Does the facility have a tracking system or alarm for residents who have a tendency to wander?  Depending on the mobility of the individual, a surveillance bracelet should be used to keep track of the person.

The facility should have clearly marked walkways inside and outside. The walkways should be well lit, have directional signage with diagrams as opposed to written diagrams.

Have a circular design. Alzheimer’s patients get particularly frustrated when running into dead-ends and right angles.

Staffing. The most important consideration is the experience and training of the staff. They must be able to routinely handle the needs of Alzheimer’s patients.

Ask the following questions before you decide on a facility:

Does the facility require / provide any specialized Alzheimer’s training for the staff?

Does the facility do backgrounds checks on all employees?

What is the policy for alerting a family member to an incident?

What is the policy for physical and / or drug restraints?

What is the facilities toileting policy? Are diapers changed regularly or does the facility only change on a schedule?

How does the facility ensure that residents eat?  Do they have staff to monitor what is and is not eaten?

What is the resident / staff ratio?  A general rule is 1:6 for staffing during the day.

After all of that, unfortunately, tragedies will still occur. But a little homework can go a long way toward the proper treatment and care of your loved one.

To learn more about what to look for in an Ohio nursing home facility and ways to avoid all types of nursing home abuse and negligence, please visit If you suspect nursing home abuse or negligence, please contact us by calling 1-800-297-9191 for a free consultation with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney or send us a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

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2 Comments on “Searching for an Ohio Nursing Home for Alzheimer’s Patients”

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