The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is difficult enough, but families also need to decide which one is the best choice. There are so many options, so how do you know which one is right?
Nursing homes provide 24-hours patient care, home-like environment, ensure proper nutrition and have skilled nurses. What else needs to be considered in choosing the right place? What steps should you take in selecting one for your loved one?
Make a checklist and get every question answered before selecting which home you believe is best.
1. Do Your Research: The first step in selecting a nursing home is to seek referrals. Talk with your doctor, long-term care professionals, hospital discharge planners, social workers and friends and family. Speaking with them can help you clarify issues and focus on your needs. Makes sure that the patient and members of the family are all involved in the decision-making process.
2. Schedule a Tour: Many, if not all nursing homes should offer tours to patients and their families. Tours help visitors experience what the facility has to offer. The first visit should be pre-arranged with the administrator. This is where you can have you specific questions answered. You should plan on making more than one visit.
On your next visit select a different time of the day such as meal time so that you can sample the food. During each visit you should evaluate the interaction between patients and their caregivers.
3. Make a List of Questions: You should have all of your questions and concerns answered before choosing which nursing home you believe is the best. Make a checklist of all your question to ensure that all are answered upon your visit.
4. Be Observant: When visiting each facility, make sure that you are observing everything. Look at the appearance and design, always observe the staff attitudes, check what activities are planned daily for patients and what patient care services the nursing home offers such as arrangements to a nearby hospital if needed, emergency transportation, therapy services.
5. Protect Patient Rights: Patient’s rights are very important. Find out if there is a written description of patients’ rights and if it is readily available to patients and families if ever needed.
6. Sit and Compare: Lastly, you need to sit with the patient and family members and go over each decision and talk about which is best based on location, cost, quality of care and quality of facility.
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is never easy but following these steps and making a checklist can make your decision process easy and help you select the right nursing home for your loved one.