The availability of nursing homes these days have increased in such a rate that it’d be impossible for someone to choose one solely on the basis of their comparison of the features/facilities being provided. The standards these nursing homes maintain can also vary; hence, being equipped with the proper research material is the only way to judge the most suitable nursing home for your family.
Here are four things you should put in your research list while diving down in the pool of nursing homes to find the best one:
- Before admitting your loved one to a nursing home, do check the validity of your existing health care plan. Usually, most of the health insurances today cover most – or even all – of the medical expenses.
- Whenever there is a possibility of an overnight stay, make sure the expenses are covered by the plan.
- Check the nursing home policy prior to admitting your family member, if the health plan is actually viable there.
- Consult your physician for having an estimate on the recovery time and make plans accordingly. Nursing homes have boarding facilities for patients ranging from an overnight stay to a long term boarding.
- During the stay, make sure there will be an in-house physician to handle any medical emergencies.
- The services provided should also include any special/prevalent/preexisting medical condition, such as dementia or diabetes.
- The mental, as well as physical well-being of the patients, should be taken care of. The services should include all the basic amenities required in daily life as well as scope for entertainment and leisure.
- Personal visits to the nursing home should be done prior to putting your family member under their care. Take a look for yourselves if the services promised in the brochure are being provided in real life.
Location & Size
- Selecting a nursing home with a large physical area is actually beneficial for the resident. First of all, this ensures the residents have an ample breathing space. And second of all, this allows free movement while recovering.
- The main mantle of care is at the hands of the caregivers in a nursing home. Therefore, you should make an effort to know about their attitude and professionalism before deciding to relocate your loved ones in any facility.
- The nursing staff should be accommodating, patient and compassionate. They need to respect boundaries and the privacy of the residents.