The right nursing home can give peace of mind to all family and friends involved in the life of a resident. If you are looking into a nursing home for yourself or your loved one, or you are researching requirements because you believe a facility is not up to par, it may help you to see the guidelines and laws long-term care facilities are under in Alabama.

The state requires a range of necessary measures and lifestyle standards for nursing home residents. Most of the standards relate to the following categories:

  • Personnel: Staff members must receive proper training and take part in educational training programs that help improve their skills. Furthermore, worker applications may be denied if the applicant has a previous felony conviction for abuse or neglect related crimes.
  • Diet: Nursing home facilities must employ a dietician in some capacity. Facilities must serve three daily meals that meet residents’ nutritional needs. If a resident refuses to eat the food they are served, facilities must provide alternative food with the same nutritional value.
  • Quality of life: Residents of a nursing home have the right to a dignified existence. Facilities must also make documents related to resident rights accessible. Residents also have the right to interact with other members of the community, participate in and organize groups and practice religious worship.
  • Medical: Residents have a right to be informed—in their own language—of their health conditions. Physicians must supervise resident medical services. Physicians must also see residents every month for the first 90 days and then every two months following the first 90 days.

Taking the time to review the various ways a nursing home accommodates its residents and provides them safety could save you or your loved one from abuse or neglect.