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Deciding to put a loved one in a nursing home is always a difficult decision. Rarely does an elderly loved one ever want to leave their home at such an age to live in a nursing home. Make the process as painless as possible by putting due diligence into choosing a retirement home that best suits your parents or grandparents. Here are a few things to keep in mind while shopping around.
Check Ratings and Reviews
The first place to check to see if a nursing home is reputable are Google and Facebook reviews. Here you’ll typically find a large sum of reviews that will give you a rounded idea of experiences others have had with the nursing home in question. Another place to find reviews would be through Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare feature. Here you’ll find a plethora of retirement homes rated using 18-point criteria.
Consult With the Local Ombudsmen
Ombudsmen are officials that investigate businesses as well as the government when complaints are made. Due to a government-mandated program ombudsmen are obliged to regularly check up on nursing homes. As such, these ombudsmen are extremely knowledgeable in regards to the goings of retirement homes. Ask them a list of complaints they’ve received from homes you’re looking at and their suggestion on which home might be best for your loved one.
Make A Visit
The most important step in choosing a nursing home is to visit the facility. Bring your loved one and be sure to talk to residents, employees, and visiting doctors about the retirement home. Take notes on the meals served, cleanliness, staff and resident demeanor, and activity schedule.
If a problem should arise at a home, get in touch with a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at the Gerling Law Firm with locations in Evansville, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Owensboro.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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