How to Pick the Best Nursing Home

Our parents spent the first part of our lives making sure we had everything we could possibly need to succeed. They put countless hours into our lives, showing up to our baseball games and staying up late helping with our homework. But now, it’s time we repay them.

Once your parent hits a certain age, they may need to go into a nursing home. If you decide to put them in one, here are the most important factors in choosing a nursing home that’s right for them.

  • Consider their needs as well as yours.

Do you want to be as close to them as possible, and if so, is the closest nursing home well-prepared for your parents’ unique needs? Some nursing homes are well-equipped for residents with dementia and other neurological needs, and others specialize in physical ailments.

While every home should be able to deal with whatever comes their way, but it’s still important to decide whether you want the best care for your parents, even if it’s a bit farther away from you

  • Visit the potential nursing homes, and often.

You should always schedule a one-on-one consultation with the nursing staff. That way, you have ample time to ask any questions, as well as get a tour of the facility. On top of this, you can see if it seems like a good fit for your parents- a good facility isn’t always the right facility.

On top of this, pop up unexpectedly at the nursing home from time to time. When you plan a visit, the staff knows to make sure everything is in top form. This doesn’t mean that they’re not a negligent nursing facility (if this happens, there are options to sue for compensation and damages, according to Russo, Russo, & Slania P.C.) A last-minute visit can help you see the facility in its normal state, which may be miles off from what you were initially shown.

  • Ask around.

Aside from the staff, the residents and their families are the number one source of information. Don’t be afraid to ask a resident’s family to speak with you. They can often answer questions that the staff cannot. On top of this, they can offer advice on how to deal with the transition into a nursing home. This isn’t a decision that only affects your parents, so having a friend can help you through the process.

  • Ask your parents what they want.

This is something that we often forget to do. We might assume that we know what’s best for our parents, and not even think about what they want.

Did your parents like the facility, or did it give them a bad vibe? If it did, consider continuing your search. After all, they’re the ones that are going to be living there.

Granted, dementia and other health issues can make this one a bit difficult. Even if they may not fully understand what is going on, try to make sure that they feel safe and cared for. Also, don’t forget to visit regularly! A surprise visit from you can mean the world to them.

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