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Finding the Best Nursing Home

Finding the Best Nursing Home

Making the decision to put ourselves or a loved one into a nursing home is one of the hardest we face. Placing somebody in one of these facilities is rarely the ideal situation and can be emotionally draining. It is important to us that we take care of our families as they have taken care of us, and negative media coverage, as well as social stigma regarding nursing homes make facing this dilemma even more troublesome.

In addition to considering all of the negative news coverage, one must also take into account several other factors, such as nursing home staff, quality, environment, and life. There are so many options from which to choose that, at first, making an informed decision may seem impossible. Just knowing whether to choose a nonprofit nursing home, private nursing homes or a chain can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are tools available to us that can help us ensure that we are making the best choice.

When beginning your search you should also consider and special needs you or your loved one may have and find the facilities that are best equipped to handle those needs. Does your loved one need skilled care which allows them access to Medicaid which is accepted by most nursing home chains? Or would you prefer a private-pay or nonprofit facility? Figuring out the answer to this question can help you narrow the field of possibilities.

Once you’ve figured out which type of facility you prefer you can begin contacting these types of nursing homes near you. Before scheduling visits, you should narrow your search even further by conducting phone interviews. When calling get the answers to important questions like: “What’s your staff turnover rate?”, “Do you offer skilled care?”, “How much can I expect to spend with your facility?” Asking these questions will help you to figure out which facilities you would like to tour.

While touring a facility it is important to remember that cleanliness is more important than newness. Although a nursing home may be brand new or may have recently been renovated, the cost the entity has incurred is normally passed on to you. A long standing facility that is clean is more likely the best choice.

Long standing homes are also more likely to have staff that have been with the facility for many years. A nursing care home with staff members that have worked there for a long time points to job satisfaction; satisfied employees usually enjoy working with the residents and are likely to administer higher quality care. Perhaps the most important thing to us when we look into an assisted living facility is making sure that our loved one is well taken care of.

You can ensure that your loved one is getting the fairest treatment by becoming familiar with the rights of residents. Nursing homes across the United States must honor the Resident’s Bill of Rights according to federal law. This bill includes but is not limited to the right to: information about one’s medical condition, choose one’s own physician, manage one’s own personal finances, privacy, dignity and respect, be free from abuse and unnecessary restraint, voice grievance without retaliation, no unfounded discharge or transfer, be allowed visitors and to control visits, and legal counsel. All nursing homes in the United States are required to make the Resident’s Bill of Rights available at all times to residents and their families. For a complete list of these rights you should be sure to ask for a copy at any of the nursing care homes you visit.

Making the decision to place yourself or a loved on into a nursing home does not have to be a bad experience. There are many options available and with a little bit of research it is easy to become educated enough to make the best choice possible. Nursing home life can be fulfilling, so long as we or our loved ones are properly cared for. Be sure to check into your options thoroughly, doing this will to ensure that you have chosen a clean facility with a low staff turnover rate; a facility that regularly schedules activities for the residents outside of the campus, and which adheres to the Resident’s Bill of Rights, easy. 

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Jennifer Carnduff Narrates beautifully the complete picture of the nursing home and pain is unavoidable yet can be constructive if treated on time in Nursing homes.
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