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Nursing home citations don’t tell the whole story

By May 21, 2012 No Comments

The Wisconsin State Journal warns that you should look at more than the number of citations a nursing facility has when considering where to send a loved one for care.

Kim Marheine, supervisor of the ombudsman program for the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care, thinks citations are a flimsy way of making a big decision.

“They’re a snapshot of how a facility looked at one point in time,” Marheine said.

She also believes it is important to take two visits to a nursing home you are considering: one on a scheduled tour, and an unscheduled visit to check for issues like cleanliness and safety.

Heather Bruemmer, executive director of the aging and long term care board, says that talking to residents and their families, and reading minutes of resident council meetings also can reveal important details.

Barb Bowers, a nursing professor who specializes in long-term care, thinks consumers should look at staff-to-resident ratios, staff turnover rates and training levels of nursing directors when deciding where to send a loved one.

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