A nursing home is an institution that provides residential accommodation for seniors or anyone who needs care, one can also receive health care. A nursing home is not a hospital. Nursing homes can also provide other services like physical therapy, occupation therapy or speech therapy. If you have a family member or it is you in need of a nursing home, it is important to search for one carefully. This may not be an easy process, but it is essential that one does some research to find the best home.
Talking to people is a sure way of getting a nursing home. Seek advice and recommendation from your doctor, find out whether they can give you a referral. Talking to family members, friends and coworkers can also provide one with contacts of institutions they know. They could know someone who was has used such an institution or is using. An online search and a look at the local directory can give one a list of institutions to consider.
Check on the institution’s reputation
Look for an institution that has a good track record and reputation. Has the nursing home undergone inspection, are they certified that they have met the requirements and regulations to provide the service. To get this information one can visit specific government medicare sites, where they can find out about the inspection report, quality of care and staffing. Read also reviews from sites that provide feedbacks for nursing homes.
Visit the facility
Doing the above research will help one be able to shortlist a few nursing homes. The next step one needs to do is a visit to the facility. This will help one get more information about the facility. First impressions matter and one needs to take note of what they see. Things that one needs to find out is about the staff, are they trained and qualified, what is there experience, are they also friendly, warm and respectful. Secondly, how is the environment, is it clean and tidy. Third, inquire about the activities that happen in the home. Do they have a range of activities, are they social, cultural, recreational or religious. Also get to know about the homes schedule, when do the residents get to do things, is there a wake-up and go to bed time. Is their privacy, how are the meals, when do people get to eat, are their specific visiting hours.
The cost will vary from one home to another. One needs to check on this as they make a decision. Various factors will affect the cost, like the amount of care being provided, the type of care and also the location of the nursing home.