Nursing homes are not all created equal. In addition to having private or government-run facilities, nursing homes can either be accredited or not. Sometimes the differences between the different types of facilities are not immediately clear, but you should research all possible options before making a decision.
A recent study from NYU suggests that accredited nursing homes report a stronger resident safety culture
than nonaccredited facilities. The study, looking at over 4,000 facilities across the country, cited Joint Commission accreditation as increasing awareness of patient safety issues like staff training, teambuilding, positive and open communication, and correction of mistakes without punitive measures. Few studies have examined the effect of accreditation on safety measures in nursing homes. Additionally, studies by the same researchers also found that Joint Commission accredited long-term care facilities had fewer
survey deficiency citations than nonaccredited facilities
As stated earlier, not all nursing homes are created
equal. This also means that not all nursing homes provide the same
level and quality of care. With this in mind, you will
need to research possible nursing home options extensively to avoid the
possibility of negligence or abuse of a loved one, as well as
under/inefficient staffing. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central
Pennsylvania lawyer specializing in nursing home abuse and
negligence. For more information on his practice, please visit our website.