For Nursing Home Residents

Assisted Living When your elderly parents or loved ones move into assisted living facilities and nursing homes, what so many family members forget is that you are still a caregiver to your parents and loved ones. Contracted caregivers should never be considered the primary caregivers of your loved ones. Ever. They are employees. Whether you live in town or out of town and regardless of whether your parents or loved ones have made the decision on their own to move into an assisted living residence or whether you have had to make the decision to move them from the assisted living side to the nursing home side, they need you as their advocate and it is your responsibility to ensure their happiness and safety.


I love this Caregivers associated with assisted living facilities and nursing homes can be dedicated, but their dedication can turn into merely a 9 to 5 job devoid of compassion and grossly deficient in the patience department. Family members should be screening those caregivers that are overseeing your loved ones care—no matter how minimal that care may be at the time. It is the job of family members to ensure the safety of their loved ones living in these facilities and to have, in place, personalized and accurate medical documents and key contact information on their behalf. LifeCare InterlockSM documents are customized and personalized for their benefit and for yours.

I love this There should be no question as to whom facility employees and administrators should be contacting when your loved one falls, gets ill, or is rushed to an area hospital, and that call should be immediate—not hours later. All medical documents need to be in the right hands and confirmation of that fact documented. Coupled with LifeCare InterlockSM documents families should be consistent in their due diligence to ensure continuity of care. Families must always stay informed as to any changes in their loved one’s medical and mental health and they should be kept informed by the facility in real time as to any changes or concerns. They should be requesting on a regular basis their medical records and become acutely familiar with the on-call physicians and nursing staff utilized by the facility. Should certain tests or surgeries need to be performed it is the job of the family to be made aware of those and if necessary to make those medical decisions based on accurate information, should your loved one be unable to do so. LifeCare Interlock™ documents coupled with our consulting can assist families when problems arise specific to health care delivery at the facility itself as well as, hospitals and with problems arising with health care workers that may not be adhering to the wishes and desires of your loved one.

For family members who have loved ones of any age — sons, daughters, moms and dads, who can’t walk, can’t speak, who suffer from diseases unknown or disease such as Alzheimer’s, who are taken by you to “day-care” centers every day for specified periods of time, or who are institutionalized in nursing homes or rehabilitation centers for brief periods of time, how important it is for you to be responsible and discerning of the places and people you leave your loved ones with.

You must inwardly and intimately know how to “read” your loved one’s facial expressions, their behavior and attitude; knowing when they are happy, sad, fearful, uneasy, upset, and to figure out—why. Always ask yourself: “Are they being physically, sexually and/or mentally abused in any way? Did you do your due diligence in checking out the facilities you’re exposing your loved one to? Do you make surprise visits to those facilities; unannounced visits at different times of the day and night to see what’s actually taking place? Do you consistently assess your loved one’s appearance looking for signs of physical and sexual abuses? Do you have and keep current, a running list of the names of the “caregivers” assigned to your loved one and other personnel that they come in contact with? Do you truly communicate with your loved one to determine what they want to say and can’t say? How they feel?" This requires discernment. It demands quality time be spent with your loved one and your learning to communicate in different ways other than what you are used to or what’s convenient or easy for you.

LifeCare InterlockSM consults with families to make known to them what they must be on the lookout for in dealing with the callous indifference that so oftentimes hides behind the classical music, the smiling faces, the documented records. It is the responsibility of you, the family members to ensure your loved one’s safety and well-being. LifeCare InterlockSM wants to help you succeed in doing just that.

Contact Information

LifeCare Interlock'sSM Website
 phone:     816.803.6262

Wrongful Death & Injury Institute, LLC
 phone:     816.803.6262