If you are considering a nursing home for your loved one, you will need to be sure about the quality of the nursing homes you are choosing from. The nursing home should have trained and experienced staff that can provide the level of care that is required. They should be able to handle and understand any special needs. And you would also need to know that staff members treat residents with respect and dignity as they should.
Basing your nursing home decision on advice from others, newspaper ads, tv or pamphlets isn’t sufficient enough. To get answers to questions, you would need to visit each nursing home facility that you are considering. By visiting the nursing home you can see the quality of the facility and what level of care the staff are providing. Take into account any recommendations from social workers, physicians, area agencies, family & friends who have loved ones in nursing homes, as well as on the internett, but the ultimate decision has to be your own.
A well landscaped and beautiful building shouldn’t be the main deciding factor. Get to know the facility first by visiting at unscheduled times such as mealtimes where you can observe the quantity and quality of food that is being served to residents. Check the reactions residents have towards staff and if the facility’s cleanliness is the same your initial visit. It is important to include your loved one, if able, in the decision process since he or she will be living there.
Once your list of prospective nursing homes has been narrowed down, investigate further through the inspection office of your state’s agency. The state agency makes thorough regular inspections of nursing homes which include residents’ diet, medical care, facility condition and more. These reports are usually publically available for review and sometimes can even be found online.
Consider the following before making your decision:
- Licensing – make sure the facility is licensed and your state’s regulatory body has approved it. If you don’t see a license, ask to see it and if one cannot be produced then remove that facility from your list.
- Facility – ask to see the facility and take both written and mental notes while being shown around. Residents should be able to move around easily within the facility.
- Cleanliness – the facility should be clean at all times and not only during your scheduled visit. Drop in unannounced to check that it is.
- Activities – Find out if there are any activities that are offered or scheduled for residents. For health and well being, physical and mental activities are especially of benefit to seniors.
- Staff – it is extremely important that you consider the quality of the staff in how they treat the residents. Observe if they are attentive and friendly or if they may be distant.
Although as difficult as it may be for both you and your loved one, the nursing home selection process should begin as soon as you know care is needed. This way your loved one has time to adjust to the eventual nursing home living. You will also benefit by taking the time to choose the right nursing home that provides the expected level of care and affordability.
Search the nursing home listings in our directory and you will be sure to find some nursing homes in your area to select from.