How to Choose The Perfect Nursing Home for Your Loved One

Charlene Nuble By Charlene Nuble, 16th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1rtl6in6/
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There will come a time where you will make a decision to put your elderly loved ones in a nursing home. You really don’t have any choice about this as you may not have the necessary time in order for you to adequately care for your elderly family members yourself.

Choosing The Perfect Nursing Home For The Elderly

There will come a time where you will make a decision to put your elderly loved ones in a nursing home. You really don’t have any choice about this as you may not have the necessary time in order for you to adequately care for your elderly family members yourself. In today’s society, you have to admit that you can even barely take care of your career or your job.

If you decide that a nursing home is the right option for your family, then you have to decide on which nursing home you should choose for your loved one. This is relatively a very difficult choice as you will always want the best for your family members.

Questions You Should Ask When Choosing A Nursing Home

When you visit a nursing home, make sure that you ask the following questions in order for you to really know if the nursing home is perfect for your elderly loved one.

The first question that you should ask is about the recent survey report that the nursing home has. You need to remember that every year, a report is filed about the nursing home. The state does the inspection for the facilities of the nursing home and files a report about it. In this report, it will contain violations found as well as the efforts of the facility to fix it.

You should also ask about the ratio of nurses to residents at any given time. Nursing home care is 24/7 care. Make sure that there are an adequate number of nurses for the residents in the nursing home. Through this, you will eventually have an idea on what kind of care is to be expected from the nursing home as well as how quickly will the facility respond to any emergencies.

You may also want to ask about the complaints filed the previous year and also about what. This will give you an idea on how the nursing home operates and how they deal with the complaints.

The turnover of staff in the facility should also be asked. If the nurses are happy working in the facility, they usually stick around. This will mean that the turnover of staff is low and will also hint that the stress level in the facility is low. Care will also be better.

Along with all these questions, you may also want to ask about the steps taken by the facility to prevent muscle atrophy among the residents, if the nurses here are certified, and also about the food and the options.

What you want is a nursing home that offers only the best for your elderly loved one. By asking these questions, there is a very large chance that you will get a nursing home that is perfect for your loved one and a nursing home where they will be happy and comfortable living the rest of their days.

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Charlene Nuble is a health care professional who loves writing about parenting, women's issues, health and other stuffs that interest her.

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author avatar Denise O
27th Nov 2010 (#)

Wonderful tips for those that are having to make this decision.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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