Choosing a home for the elderly
If you are finding the right private nursing home for the elderly, spend the time to pick out one that is suitable. Remember, not all private nursing homes are equal and vary greatly regarding price and quality. The first thing you should do is to make up a short list of homes in the area you want to visit. Good sources are the yellow pages and of course the internet. Don’t forget to ask friends and acquaintances as many people have loved ones in private homes and you will be able to get a first-hand account of the quality of the home from them.
Always check local state agencies for any complaints or disciplinary actions against the homes on your list. If they have had any recent infractions or citations, you might want to cross them off your list.
It is of vital importance to let them have input into the decision-making as much as possible, so they are comfortable with the final choice. Of course, reality often dictates one home over another due to factors such as cost but try and be patient and explain the situation to them as best you can.
Considerations for finding the right private nurse for the elderly
Is the home neat and clean? Check public and private areas thoroughly. Ask to see some current resident’s rooms and be sure you visit the kitchen. Any signs of insects or rodents should be a red flag.
Are there planned activities for the residents? How often? Do they have an exercise program to keep resident’s active and alert?
Is the staff courteous and helpful? Do they readily answer questions as any hesitation to answer might mean they are hiding something? Will they let you inspect the home without them present?
Try the food to see if it is tasty. Check to be sure that nutritional requirements met.
Is there qualified onsite medical staff and are there procedures in place for emergency care?
Make sure the facility is being maintained properly. This is not only for aesthetics but also health reasons. Are the grounds properly maintained? Are there signs of building neglect such as a leaky roof or broken windows?
Do the residents seem happy or are they lethargic and depressed looking? Try and speak to them without any staff present to get their opinions of the home. Be aware that some elderly people may be suffering from some form of mental incapacitation that might cause them to say things that aren’t true.