Choosing the right home can be difficult. As with any big decision, it pays to do some research.
First, consider the location. It's best for the nursing home to be one that family and friends can visit often. People in nursing homes who have regular visitors usually receive better care.
Also, try to visit a few nursing homes — with your parent and other family members, if possible — so you can make comparisons.
When touring a nursing home, remember to:
- Observe the activities offered to residents;
- Taste the food;
- Visit at least twice;
- Make one unscheduled stop on the weekend or evening when there may be staffing problems.
Talk to nursing staff to make sure the kind of care your loved one needs is provided. Ask about things such as:
- Transportation to medical appointments;
- Physical therapy;
- Staff with special training for dealing with your parent's condition;
- Special units, programs or services for special needs, such as dementia.