Ever had a family member in a nursing home, often called a “skilled facility” or an called an even nicer term, a “care facility”? Because of the state of health care today, individuals are transferred to nursing homes when they previously would have remained in the hospital. There are several difficulties with this occurrence. All nursing homes have a doctor on call who typically visits once a week or perhaps more. Unless there is a severe medical emergency, your family member will have to wait to see the doctor on call when he or she usually visits. There are many instances of families having a health concern about a family member and then waiting for the doctor on call only to find out that had they waited any longer, their family member would have died. Individuals in nursing homes or their family members must be the “squeaky wheel” today to ensure that their family members receive the care they need.