Choosing a nursing home for your parents is one of the toughest decisions you will ever make. It isn’t easy to entrust the care of your loved ones to strangers. Take your time and do your homework to ensure your choice is the best one possible.
Here are 4 things to consider when selecting a nursing home.
Pay a visit
It is important to visit the nursing home before making a final decision. As you visit the nursing home, you might want to check if there are quiet areas where family and friends can visit. Notice if the facility is clean, well lit and orderly. Also, watch out for strong, unpleasant smells. If the home reeks of stale urine, it is a clear sign that the facility is not properly cleaned.
Consider making multiple visits, particularly at different times and on different days of the week, in order to get a feel for the day-to-day operations. You may also want to ask a lot of questions regarding their services, fees, meals and care plan.
Adequate staffing is important for the health and safety of the residents. What is the ratio of staff to residents during each shift? Are the residents well taken care of? Do they appear clean and well-groomed? Do they seem happy and comfortable?
During the visit, you also need to be attentive to the staff’s attitude toward its residents. Do they seem patient, attentive and helpful? Do they attend to the same residents each day?
Distance and location should also be taken into account when selecting a nursing home. According to studies, frequent visits can help improve a resident’s emotional and mental well-being. Will it be convenient for your family and friends to visit? What is the visiting hours? Also, is it near the hospital or your loved one’s personal physician?
A person with dementia may need extra assistance and supervision. To make sure that your loved one is safe, you want a nursing home that can meet any special care needs your loved one may have.