Quality measures are certainly an important aspect of evaluating nursing home performance, but it's equally important to be actively involved in your loved one's care.
Attending care conferences is a great way to see how the nursing home is handling your loved one's specific needs. During these conferences, they will review medications, weight trends, meal acceptance and other important information. Remember to ask lots of questions and speak directly to staff members involved with your area of concern. If you have specific concerns about nutrition, ask to speak with the registered dietitian. The nursing home staff should be able to tell you how they are addressing the needs of your loved one. If you still have questions or concerns, always ask to speak with the director or nursing or the administrator.