Placing your loved one in a nursing home can be a difficult decision. When you decide to move forward in selecting a long-term care facility, you want to be sure you’re selecting the best possible situation. How can you be sure that a nursing home is a good fit? Here are a few things to look for and consider when browsing your options:
- What do current residents and their families think? Take time to chat with them when you visit the facility.
- Consult a social worker.
- Ask to view public health inspection records.
- What are the staff-to-patient ratios? Are staff members visible when you visit?
- Are there any unpleasant odors?
- Is the facility clean? (Floors, bathrooms, windows, etc.)
- Is it within your budget?
- Is the furniture sturdy and in good condition?
- Ask to eat a sample meal to test the quality of food.
- Are there activities calendars? Do the types of activities seem like a good fit for your loved one?
- How is the temperature in the rooms?
- Is the atmosphere calming or overly noisy?
- Do current residents appear happy, clean and healthy?
- Are there handrails along hallways and other amenities for persons with disabilities?
- Is the facility accommodating for your cultural/religious/language needs?
Taking the time to carefully review the above items, as well as any other key points that are important to you, will help prevent problems and give you peace of mind as you select a nursing home for your loved one.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is an unfortunate reality that no-one wishes to experience so make sure you you do your research before selecting who to entrust with the care of your loved ones.