How to Monitor the Care of a Loved One in a Nursing Home

You’re just getting comfortable with the idea that your loved one will be living in a nursing home.

Maybe you’re used to being able to monitor care they received at home. So what can you do to monitor their care and safety in the nursing home?

Long-term care facilities – like other care providers – aren’t immune to health hazards, from disease outbreaks to residents not being given medications as recommended – a concern frequently raised by nursing home residents and their loved ones. “Whether they’re not administered properly, at the right time of day or not given at all, or perhaps given the wrong medication, that was the fourth most common complaint across the country last year,” says Amity Overall-Laib, director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center.