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Welcome to my world – the world of a surveyor of healthcare facilities. Here you are going to learn a great deal about nursing homes and hospitals. You are going to see things that go on behind the scenes. You are going to find out what the surveyors (investigators) look for. What kind of training do they get to do their job? How do they interpret the regulations? Where do they go to get the regulations? How can you, when you make a complaint to the state agency who oversees these facilities, make the job of the investigator more effective? You are going to learn that and so much more as you follow this blog.

You are going to learn where you can find the regulations, learn what they say, and find out how to know what they mean.

Some of you are wondering why you need to know this. It doesn’t matter what age you are, the likelihood is that at sometime you are going to end up inside a hospital, clinic, nursing home, or other health care facility. You need to be prepared, informed, and ready. In today’s world you need to watch out for yourself. In this blog you will find out why you need to watch out for yourself, and the best way to do it. You will learn what to look for, what questions to ask, and where to go to solve problems, investigate issues, or make a complaint.

There is no day that goes by that we don’t hear about something related to abuse (whether it is elder abuse, child abuse, or medical abuse). You hear on the news about medical problems such as medication errors, infections, and surgery problems. How can you protect yourself and your loved ones? How can you help inform your friends and family when you hear they are heading into a healthcare facility?

Read this blog, keep up with what is happening here, and you will be a better informed consumer, ready to take on the strange world of healthcare with a better chance of avoiding complications than those who have no preparation or knowledge of what to expect.

So WELCOME! and stay tuned for more!

JL

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