What Is the Best Nursing Home for Me?
When debating changing your residency and moving into a resident care facility, what makes one better than the other? How do you know what is going to best fit your needs? It is important to take precautionary steps when making such a big decision.
When first contemplating what nursing home may be best for you, you should visit several of them with your family. Having the family support and their opinions can assist you selecting the correct one. Upon visiting each nursing home, talk to an admission coordinator in order to answer any questions or concerns that you may have, and discuss what you like and don’t like about each facility by keeping a journal with all your notes written.
Is the nursing home something you want to be conveniently located to your family? I have always grown up surrounded by my family, so this is something I would look for in order for them to be able to visit me frequently.
It is also crucial to look out for the appearance of the nursing home. I wouldn’t want to be living in a place that is dirty and unsafe, and be paying for it. Some things to look out for when looking at the appearance are: smoke detectors, sprinklers, handrails, the floor should be clean, and the hallways should be free of clutter.
You wouldn’t want to be in a chaotic house, let alone in a chaotic bedroom. It is important to ask questions such as if you will be sharing the room with another resident, and the space that you will have. Upon these answers, you will then be able to ask questions about furnishings, televisions and telephones in each room and the bathroom facilities, which will help you in making your new home as comfortable as possible.
My favorite part of the search comes when you discuss the dietary program of each facility. How do these meals look? Are they appetizing? Are they served at a decent time? Food is one of my simple pleasures, I would hate to be in a beautiful place with a terrible diet. What happens if you become unable to feed yourself? You must ask the dietary department if the staff will be available to assist you.
Lastly, you should inquire about the medical program offered in each facility. Will your doctor be able to care for you, or will there be a medical director to oversee your care?
Once all the decisions have been made on what you want for your nursing home, it is crucial to discuss the cost and payment options.