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Nursing Home Checklist

9 years ago

I heard a WGN radio interview with a Chicago attorney specializing in nursing home problems. His website has useful links and a checklist to help people compare homes. The site is

There is a link to the ratings for nursing homes. You put in a zipcode to see ratings of homes in your area.

I question one of the items on the checklist that asks if there is a RN or LPN on duty 24 hours a day. I'd want to know the ratio of caregivers to patients, by their credentials. How many other caregivers and patients can a single RN monitor effectively?

A good point is to get the name of the supervising physician for the facility and find out how many sedatives and psychotrophic drugs he prescribes. I'd want to know how often he sees each patient, too, and for how long.

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