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Are Your Loved Ones Safe in Nursing Homes?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Making the decision to have a loved one moved to a nursing home is never an easy task.  We understand that having a loved one in a nursing home can be stressful and can often make people feel somewhat helpless.  Worries can intensify when you hear of the tragic nursing home fire that occurred in 2003 in Hartford, Connecticut.  The fire killed 16 people and injured 23 more including a staff member.

However, you can play an important role to increase the safety of your loved one.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) here are a few things to consider when choosing a nursing home or checking on someone already in a home.

  • Is the building well maintained? Make certain that paper and other storage items do not block doors or hallways needed for escape routes.
  • Check to make certain there is an evacuation plan in place that involves all staff and is practiced regularly.
  • Are there safety systems in place such as alternative exits, smoke detectors and sprinklers?
  • Check on the staff-to-patient ratio. How many staff per resident during the day and especially at night or on weekends and holidays?  Is supervisory staff available to carryout an escape plan if there is a fire?
  • Are there guidelines for people who smoke such as a separate room or staff supervision?
  • Does nursing home management take your questions regarding safety seriously and are they forthcoming with information?

You have a right to get answers regarding the safety conditions that effect your loved one.  Make certain you take the time to ask.  For further information and messages for families and staff, please visit NFPA.org.

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