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Should you put your loved one in a nursing home?

Along with the ever increasing need for nursing home care has also comes an increasing demand for qualified nursing staff. Unfortunately, in many states across the nation, including parts of Florida, the rate in which nursing staff are entering the job market has not been able to keep up with demand. In some cases, this has resulted in staff being unable to provide the quality level of care that is expected of them, oftentimes resulting in prolonged sickness and other health problems among patients.

For a lot of our Melbourne readers, this is one of the main concerns that can hold a family back from making the decision to put their loved one in a nursing home. No one wants to send their mother, father or elderly family member to a nursing home when they know they will not be provided for adequately.

This might raise the question then among our readers today: should you put your loved one in a nursing home? In order for you to answer this question, you'll need to look at both sides of the issue.

For starters, there are cases in which nursing homes have been cited by state and federal agencies for failing to provide quality care to residents. In some cases, this has resulted in litigation such as in the case against Preferred Care Partners Management Group, which is currently facing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to provide adequate care to nursing home residents.

Although Preferred Care Partners Management Group currently has locations here in Florida, it's unclear if any establishments in our state have a similar complaint lodged against them.

On the other hand though, not all nursing home facilities are ripe with neglect and inadequate care. Many nursing homes across Florida have received the Nursing Home Gold Seal Award from the Governor's Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care. This award is given to nursing homes that have proven their merit by providing excellent long-term care to residents over a sustained period of time.

What this means for our readers is that the decision about whether or not to put your loved one in a nursing home may very well rely on the research you put into your decision. In the end, this may be the only way you know for sure that you are sending your loved one to a quality nursing home.

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