Do You Know the Right Way to Check Out a Nursing Home for Your Elderly Parent?
Deciding that it’s time for your aging parent or loved one to move into a nursing home or other type of assisted-living facility is a big choice, but as soon as you make that decision, you are faced with another one that’s just as big and difficult: which nursing home do you choose?
Depending on where you live, there might be dozens in your area. Some will have different requirements or offer certain types of lifestyles. For instance, there are homes for people with memory issues, and those that cater to religious residents. And of course, there will be big differences in costs and amenities.
As you think through the different possibilities, I would advise you not to conduct your search all at once. Instead, visit each serious contender more than once. Try to stop by at different times, and take notes as you do.
Why are these such important steps to take? Let’s look at just a few of the biggest reasons…
You’ll Get to See Different Staff and Conditions
Visiting a nursing home once is like getting a snapshot in time. No matter how good or bad your first impressions are, you’ll want to come back and see what happens when different people are on duty or the residents are in a different mood. I couldn’t believe how much a home could change from one day to the next depending on who was working at the time.
First Visits Can Be Overwhelming
On your first visit to a nursing home or assisted living facility there will be a lot to take in. It’s very likely that a friendly and persuasive person will show you around and be sure you notice all the perks. By coming back on your own and taking notes, though, you can get a more complete picture of what the home is like as a permanent place to live. That’s where real insights come from.
It’s All About Your Loved One’s Needs
Reading online reviews and reviewing brochures is a nice place to start your research, but at the end of the day, the right nursing home is the one that meets your loved one’s needs, and they might prioritize something that doesn’t matter all that much to other reviewers (or even the facility’s staff). With good observations and some careful notes, you can figure out whether a particular home has what they need to feel comfortable or not.
Elder Care Doesn’t Have to Be Impossible
When I first found myself organizing care for my elderly parents, it was like trying to take a sip of water from a fire hose. That’s why I decided to take what I learned along the way and put it into a book – complete with easy-to-use forms and guides – that others could easily follow.
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