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Nursing Homes: Evaluating the Facility is Critical 

nursing homeThe most important criterion to consider when evaluating a nursing home facility is that all residents are treated with kindness and respect. Of equal importance is to consider whether the nursing home is clean and cheerful and that the food is appetizing and the menu is varied. Nursing home staff should usually be available and residents should seem well cared for. The place should be as homey as possible and ideally would not feel as institutional as
many nursing homes seem to feel. 

Some of the warning signs you may look for in a nursing home include restraints used on the residents, unpleasant odors, and when residentís calls for assistance are consistently being ignored or put off by nursing home staff.  Other concerns should be a lack of privacy for the residents and an apparent high-level of secrecy by the staff about a loved oneís information.  Take special note of handicapped access and clear markings on exits. 

Your nursing home evaluation should also focus on the fact that the primary purpose is to provide medical and daily living care.  A person who needs to be in a nursing home is going to have some level of reduced privacy and lessened independence.  These factors are a natural byproduct of this type of living arrangement.  You should also find out if your doctor will visit the nursing home if needed, or if you will have to use the providers who staff the facility.  Also, it is incredibly important to consider how convenient the nursing home is for family members.  Look to see if the Residentís Bill of Rights is posted. You should read it and also ask for a copy. 

Additional Information you should know about nursing homes:

No more than four beds per room are allowed, and each room must have a bathroom accessible with bathing facilities.  It is required that there be a system to summon assistance when needed.  Restraints (physical and drug) are not allowed unless there is an individual doctorís order. 

Nursing homes have a Board of Trustees that set the policies and procedures of the facility.  The administrative staff handles the daily operations, coordinating services with nursing, dietary and all of the various aspects of running the nursing facility. 

P.S. It is also my personal recommendation (as a Psychologist who provides services in nursing homes) to ask key staff how long they have worked at the facility.  Some nursing homes are virtually a revolving door of personnel.  My personal observation is that frequently the best care is provided in homes that have staff who have worked there for a considerable period of time.

Some information from Seniorís Rights: Your Legal Guide to Living Life to the Fullest By Brette McWhorter Sember 

Additional Information By Paul Susic M.A. Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate (Geriatric Psychologist)

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