Urine & Feces

6. I visited my aunt at her nursing home last Sunday.  She seemed happy and well cared for, but some of the other residents smelled of urine and feces.  Should I be concerned?

The quality of specific caregivers within a nursing home may vary significantly.  It is possible that the team assigned to your parent may be compassionate and dedicated, while individuals assigned to others may be less qualified.  However, it has been our experience that the one certainty about nursing home staff is a high level of turnover.

Thus, your discovery of poor living conditions for any resident should be a wake-up call for you to raise the issue with the administrator, increase your visits and possibly to notify the Georgia State ombudsman (888-454-5826).