things to consider when choosing a nursing home
Below is a list of some suggestions when making inquiries into nursing home placement:
• First impressions are important---is the facility clean, cheerful and well lit?
• Are residents dressed in their own clothing? Do they appear clean and
• Does the facility provide the level of care your loved one requires?
• Are there special care units available if care needs change?
(i.e. dementia, palliative care, sub-acute care)
• Are there stimulating, age appropriate activities available on a regular basis?
• Does the facility provide services to meet your loved one's spiritual needs?
• Is physical and/or occupational therapy provided if needed?
• Will the facility assist in applying for Medicaid?
• Is there a resident council that meets regularly?
• What hospitals are affiliated with the nursing home?
• Is the food tasty and visually appealing?
• Are special dietary needs met?
• What items are allowed to be brought from home?
• May I hire a private companion?
• What are the visiting hours?
• Are children and pets allowed to visit?
• Will the facility honor and respect your wishes regarding end-of-life care?