Chattanooga Area Nursing Homes
If you have to make a decision about which nursing home is right for your loved one, this can be challenging. It can be even more challenging when there are cases of nursing home abuse and neglect occurring all too often. The Higgins Firm legal team has the skills needed to handle nursing home abuse and neglect cases in Tennessee and in Hamilton County.
Hamilton County has more than 300,000 residents and it continues to grow every year. Hamilton County is the county seat for Chattanooga. Hamilton County was created in 1819 and was named after Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. Hamilton County is one of the few counties in the U.S. that borders ten other counties. If you are searching for a long term care option in Chattanooga or a surrounding city, one good place to start is on the internet. Create a list of local homes that fit your loved one's needs and then visit the potential homes to make sure it is the best option.How do I decide on a Nursing Home in Hamilton County, Tennessee?
If you are considering choosing a nursing home in Hamilton County, you should go to this website to compare each home and to see what kind of ratings they have received. Some of the homes in Hamilton County and the nearby areas are:
- St. Barnabas at Siskin Hospital
- NHC Healthcare Chattanooga
- Life Care Center of Red Bank
- Life Care Center of East Ridge
- NHC Healthcare Ft. Oglethorpe
- Life Care Center of Hixson
- Life Care Center of Ooltewah
- Life Care Center of Collegedale
When you decide on which homes you want to choose from you should schedule a tour of each facility. During the tour, you should ask about how many rooms the nursing home has, how many staff are employed there, what kind of training the home provides, what kind of activities are available to the residents at the home, what kind of nutritional meals the home offers and how they handle any emergencies.
You should also pay attention to how clean the home looks or smells. Also, is the home quiet or are the residents calling out for help and being ignored. It is also a good idea to see if you can hear how the residents are treated by the staff. These questions and tips can help you determine which home will meet the needs of the person you care about.What is the most common reason for Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
One of the most common reasons nursing home abuse or neglect occurs is because there are not enough staff to meet the needs of the residents and this means that the staff that is employed at the home gets overworked and stressed out. Nursing homes are supposed to prevent these situations by giving their staff plenty of breaks and time off but sometimes this just does not happen.
You can not prevent the conditions and situations that go on in the nursing home but you can help prevent nursing home abuse from occurring by visiting your loved one often and during different times. This way you can check on your loved one and the nursing home and make sure everything is going well.
If you notice any bruises, cuts, scrapes, unusual marks or your loved one seems worried or scared or their clothes are dirty, these are typical signs that nursing home abuse or neglect may be taking place. It is recommended that you speak to the administration of the nursing home right away about the issue. If they do not handle and resolve the issue appropriately, then you can speak with someone at the Tennessee Department of Health so they can conduct their own investigation.
You should also contact a knowledgeable nursing home abuse and neglect attorney with the Higgins Firm. We will answer any questions you may have and work with you to see to it that you are compensated fairly for the abuse or neglect that your loved one has experienced.
Please contact us today online or by calling 800.705.2121 to discuss your legal options.