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Tips on choosing the right nursing home for your loved one

Making the decision to place a loved one within a nursing home or assisted living facility is not always an easy one. There are many factors to consider when making this change. However, the best decision is a well-researched one.

Not only should you conduct thorough research into your options. But, never ignore what your gut feeling is telling you about a place. You don’t want to find out later that the facility is mistreating their residents or taking advantage of them in any way.

Hopefully the following tips will guide you in choosing the right place to meet your loved one’s mental and physical needs.

  • Proximity – Visiting a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility is one of the best ways to ensure optimal care is being conducted. When you choose a location that you can visit frequently, you make your loved one feel cared for and you keep the facility aware of your involvement in their life.
  • Amenities and services – You want to make sure your loved one is getting the adequate health care and services they need. You also want to take into consideration the overall experience they will have. Does the nursing home value the meals they prepare and make the dining experience a special time for everyone? Besides visitors, often meal time is what residents look forward to the most. The smallest difference in facilities can make the largest impact.
  • Staff and administrators – Always pay attention to the amount of staff working in your prospective nursing home. Many nursing homes that end up reporting abuse and neglect are under-staffed, and the administrators are turning a blind eye to the problems. Discuss the staffing ratio and keep an eye on the turnovers they get.

Overall, determine what you and your loved one value most. What you value will show in your decision making. When you and your loved one value safety, reputation, quality-care through recommendations and reviews, then you will find a way to afford your top choice. Be clear about what you value and in what order. Find a place that upholds the values and standards you have for your loved one.

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