What Should I Look For In Choosing a Nursing Home?
Knowing how to tell the difference between a good nursing home for a loved one and one that you should avoid can be difficult when you have no idea what to look for. When you are searching for a nursing home for someone you love, you will want to make sure to follow these tips for doing so.
Physical and mental abuse is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in many nursing homes. The sad thing is most people housed in these homes are helpless and cannot report being abused. To prevent this happening to your loved one, make sure every room is equipped with security cameras. Talk to families of current residents about how many cases of abuse they might have heard of at the home you are thinking about choosing.
When you talk to other family members, ask if they feel toilet needs are taken care right away. The worst thing for an elderly person or someone in rehabilitation after a major surgery is lying in bed in a soiled adult diaper. You might think about buying a plate of food from the cafeteria and see how good it tastes.
Does the staff have to go through a complete criminal background check before hiring at the home you are thinking of choosing? Check with administrative staff about the hiring process each employee must go through. You will want to make sure there is drug testing as well. Find out how many years the staff have been there, including the administrator. A high turnover of employees is a sign you might want to check out another home.
For a look at how things are normally run at a nursing home, you need to make unannounced visits. These visits should be at different times of each day and can even be in the middle of night. In fact, the middle of the night may be one of the best times to find out if everyone is in bed or whether residents are wandering the halls. Staff do not expect family members to show up during the late hours of the night. You might even catch some of the staff sleeping on the job.
Are you wondering how long your elderly loved one will be able to stay at a facility because of payment each month? Talk to the financial staff and find out how the Medicaid program will change the status of your family member. Many residents pay down their savings and have to accept lesser space or privacy by being put on Medicaid coverage.
It should go without saying that sanitary conditions should be a number one concern for you as you look over different nursing homes. Being clean is important to help keep down the spread of infectious diseases while also just being nice for the residents. Watch for any signs of uncleanliness when you are shopping around for a home.
by Armando Edwards
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