Sending off a loved one to the care of a third-party facility is one of the hardest decisions to make. You can never be sure what state they are living in and what level of quality of quality care is provided. To help you choose the right nursing home in the first place that will ensure the health and happiness of your senior loved one, here are three key factors to keep in mind.
- Facility Certification: The facility that you choose must be registered with a higher regulatory body or by Medicare and Medicaid. This will help you assess the quality of their service and what to expect from it in general.
- Location: Another key factor to consider is the location of the nursing home. You first need to see whether the area is pleasant and secure enough and whether it has the right infrastructure, such as public transportation, recreational spots, energy and water supply. Next, you need to see whether the facility is in proximity with other friends and family members.
Frequent visits from relatives and friends will generally improve the overall mental health of the patient as well as give a chance to address any problems that may arise. Family members/friends will be personally able to assess the environment and the care level and can lodge complaints as soon as possible.
- Emotional and Mental Wellbeing Of Patients: Carefully see the kinds of activities planned for the residents. A good program will have scheduled events like musical events or movie nights, physical exercise activities, religious services, educational classes, bingo and other social events. Also see if there’s a library accessible to residents with audio and large print books, a garden for recreational activities and natural elements in the environment.
Keeping these factors in mind will help you come across the best nursing care facility for your senior loved one.