It is never easy to put someone you love into a nursing home. Many times, though, your family member can be given better care and a facility than what you can provide yourself. That the decision can be hard and emotional, it may be the best choice to move your loved one into a nursing home. If this is the case for you, below are some tips to help you find the right situation for your loved one.
Do Lots of Research
Research is a very important before you sign any paperwork. Most local nursing homes are highly ranked for their service, there are some that have poor write-ups too, especially in terms of how they treat their residents area it is essential to examine any nursing home you are considering so your relatives will be safe and attended to during their stay.
When you are searching for a rest home, you should visit any prospective facility. If possible, visit the facility if you separate times during different times of the day to get a better feel. Look around the facility thoroughly and write down the things you see.
There are some questions you should always ask yourself as you observe a nursing home:
- Is the nursing home well-maintained?
- Are the room spacious enough?
- Are the residents happy?
- Are there many activities for the residents to participate in?
- Did they give you a tour?
- Was the staff open to answering your questions?
There are some questions should ask the staff as well. Some of these questions include:
- Is there a limit on how often you can visit?
- Are there references for the facility?
- How many aides are available for the residents?
- What are the costs involved?
Always be certain to ask anything that may be relevant to your loved ones happiness. Your goal is to find the best facility for your loved one.
And, one final note, take notes on how the rest home smells. If you smell urine throughout the facility, that is not a place you should leave your loved one.