Transitioning to a nursing home can be a tough decision for the prospective resident and their families. It is important to be able to ensure that you have found the right nursing home facility for your loved one. You want to look thoroughly at all aspects of the nursing home to try and prevent from any possible abuse or neglect. Here are some tips to keep in mind while on the search for a care home.
1. Take Your Time
Depending on your geographical location, there may be many options to choose from. Choosing any home is a long and thought out process, however when considering factors like care, policies, services and cost, the stakes are even higher. Interview residents that are willing to, talk with caregivers and see how they conducted their rounds. Looking closely at all of the possible options is the best way to make the best possible decision for both you and your loved one. In many situations there is only a limited amount of time, if so you must use this time wisely.
2. Type of Facility
There are multiple types of care homes based mainly on the level of care your loved needs. These include Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Independent living facilities and those that are a combination of the above. It is important to determine which type of facility meets your needs.
3. Talk to your Loved One and Family
It is important to take your loved ones needs and wants into consideration. This conversation will help try and make the move as less stressful as possible. Along with the loved ones themselves, other relatives are also good to bring in to the discussion. They will all bring different needs to the table. Loved ones may have specific needs that you may be unaware of, such as being able to have a pet or access to a garden.
4. Location Location Location.
Deciding on where the home will be located is possibly just as important as the type of facility. Some prospective residents want to be relatively close to family, while others would rather stay where their friends are. However the Facility must be located in an area which makes it easy for consistent visiting for the Residents emotional and safety needs.
Access is an important aspect of looking at nursing homes especially if your loved one has certain needs. Check to see if the main dining room or sitting lounge areas are accessible given the needs of the resident, especially if your loved one has minimal mobility. Also inquire as to whether there are alarms on both the units and exits of the building.
There are a number of essential web pages that must be used prior to selecting a Nursing Home. The first is the Nursing Home Compare web page, Medicare.gov. This page allows you to see the type of ownership of the Nursing Home, as well as give you many of the specific answers you are looking for. Another key page is Memberofthefamily.net. Also you should visit all web pages of the proposed Nursing Homes just to examine what their promises are.
7. The Last and Most Important, Plan Ahead
After looking at all of your options and talking with your loved one and relatives, the final tip is to look ahead. There are many different things that could happen and having a plan in place will make things less stressful. No one wants to think that it could happen to his or her loved one, but nursing home neglect and abuse does occur. Having a good lawyer to help you get through any legal trouble that may occur is a good plan. If you are looking for that good representation, call The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group today.