It can be a hard decision to place the care of your loved ones in the hands of someone else, and it’s one that deserves careful consideration.
The idea of nursing home placement is something most of us don’t even want to consider at first. However, it isn’t always possible to provide the full time care your loved one needs yourself, and when this time comes, you want to choose the best nursing home community for your loved one.
Choosing the Right Nursing Home for Your Loved One
When choosing a nursing home for your loved one it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to research and make the right choice. While reputation is crucially important, you’ll also want to consider whether the facility is a good fit for your loved one’s needs for long term care. This time isn’t just to make the decision easier on you, but for your loved one to adjust the coming changes as well.
When considering a nursing home for your loved one, here are four of the most important factors to consider.
You Loved One’s Needs
Each person has specific needs, and not every nursing home facility is designed to meet all of them. You’ll want to have a discussion with their physician to determine if there are any special medical needs that need to be considered when choosing a nursing home. This also includes taking into consideration whether this is for shorter term care, or if you’re looking for a more permanent care solution.
Quality of Staff
It’s an unfortunate situation that nurses and assistants in nursing homes are often overworked, and unable to provide the individualized level of attentive care each resident needs. When you’ve narrowed down your search to a couple facilities to visit, make assessing the quality of the staff one of your top priorities. Ask staff directly if they work double shifts, or if they feel they’re able to provide the care each resident needs. Speak to the head nursing staff and ask direct questions about how your loved one will be taken care of.
Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance may cover some of the costs, but there’s a good chance that at least part of the financial burden will fall on the family’s shoulders. Before deciding on a nursing home, do a careful assessment of how much you can afford, speak with insurance providers to ensure what coverage they provide, and then make an appointment to speak with someone at the nursing home about payment schedules. Many nursing homes have someone who is dedicated to helping families afford the care their loved one needs.
Think about the comfort of your loved one when choosing a nursing home. What are the rooms like, and are they a comfortable environment that your loved one will feel at home in? What services are offered? Take some time to look over the menu, and even ask to taste the food. Remember it’s these little details that will make all the difference to your loved one during their stay.
Let Us Help You Choose the Right Community for Your Loved One
We know what a difficult decision this is for you and your family. We’re here to answer you questions and spend time introducing you to our compassionate nursing home environment. Contact Lexington Square to schedule a tour of our nursing home community and learn more about why we’re the right choice for your loved one’s care.