Searching the Internet/contacting nursing home residents' relatives
I have several assisted living facilities in mind for a relative. I've seen their websites, which of course praise them. I've also checked their ratings on the Internet. What I would like to do now is chat online with relatives of residents to get (hopefully) the real picture. How would I search for such a forum? I've tried unsuccessfully. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Wow, Janet, a worthy idea to pursue, but it's going to be difficult mainly for privacy issues and laws. How do we get the low-down on something like that? Certainly you would be able to personally pop into the facility to do a spot check on your own. If there are restrictions you want to know why. Hours, of course, would be one. I've asked a friend of mine for ideas since she had both of her parents in places like this. You're right that someone else with first-hand knowledge would be great, but don't think a group like that would be organized into an Internet forum, but??? Let's take another approach in searching. Use words in a search like complaints, reviews and other such keywords followed by the facility name. How about a check on BBB complaints or even your local or state consumer protection agencies or whatever usually headed up by state's attorney? If I come up with more ideas or hear back from my friend, I'll be sure to let you know. Good luck with this. Here's a possible start for your search: complaints ohio assisted living facilities. With that, this one caught my eye: http://www.assistedlivingfacilities.org/questions/?tag=complaints
Regards, Patrick aka Pat