How do you protect your loved ones? Resources for families with seniors in nursing homes
How do you protect your loved ones? Resources for families with seniors in nursing homes
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Author: WFAA Staff
Published: 2:15 PM CST November 14, 2017
Updated: 1:19 PM CDT June 28, 2018
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How do you protect your loved ones? Here's a compiled list of critical resources to help ensure your loved one is in a safe nursing home environment.

1. THE SENIOR SOURCE

214-823-5700

A Dallas-based non-profit, The Senior Source provides resources to "assist, protect and connect older adults to resources, opportunities and to independence." The non-profit offers help ranging from financial safety guidance to in-home companionship to caregiver support.

Hear Senior Source president and CEO Cortney Nicolato talk to News 8 about what you can do to protect your loved one.

2. MEDICARE.GOV: NURSING HOME COMPARE

Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. You can search on their site to "find nursing homes based on a location and compare the quality of care they provide and their staffing."

Susan Hodges, a former nursing home administrator, says trust your instincts when choosing and comparing nursing homes.

3. THE ELDERLY FINANCIAL SAFETY CENTER

214-525-6130

The Elder Financial Safety Center in Dallas is the first of its kind in the nation, helping shield older adults from financial fraud and exploitation. Established in May 2014, the collaborative partnership is made up of The Senior Source, Dallas County Probate Courts, and District Attorney’s Office.

The center provide financial coaching, insurance counseling, benefits assistance, frauds and scams advocacy, debt management, employment services, money management, guardianship services and prosecution services.

Signs of abuse

Reporting abuse

4. NURSING HOME ABUSE CENTER

Filing a nursing home abuse complaint

Signs of nursing home abuse

Is my loved one ready for a nursing home?

Identifying possible homes

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