Choosing a nursing home that offers your parent the best conditions both from a practical point of view and emotionally is terribly difficult. Even though the decision is often times the best for the elderly parent and the rest of the family alike, the choice is never easy.
There are a great many factors to consider, from family budgets to emotional aspects, from the services offered such as senior recreational activities and the location of the nursing home to the community of the people living there.
Aspects to Consider
Finding the right nursing home for your aging parent can be overwhelming, so, with our short guide, we would like to make the choice easier, faster and less painful for everyone involved.
What to Look for While Researching
Once the decision is made, the next step should be research. You will have to make a list with all the nursing homes in your area. You will probably find private facilities, homes managed by non-profit organizations and churches, each of them offering different services, different levels of comfort and medical care.
Make sure you include only accredited, certified and licensed facilities on your list because accreditation proves that the homes you are considering are indeed able to provide your parent the best possible living conditions and care.
After narrowing down your list to about 3-4 homes, it is time to see what the places really look like.
It is a good idea to show up without having an appointment – this way, you can see what day-to-day life is like in the home.
You should see at least a few of the rooms in the home to check how crowded the place is and to see how clean and safe the rooms are.
You can also talk to some of the residents to get some first-hand information about what living in there is really like. You should also evaluate the staff working at the facility to find out how experienced and trained they are in treating elderly people.
Getting Your Contract Right
You should evaluate your contract very carefully. To be able to get the best care for your parent, you must know exactly what you need in terms of medical care, payment and living conditions. You must be aware that even if your parent does not need certain services right now, he or she may need them in the future, so make sure you analyze possible future costs as well.
Choosing the best nursing home for your parent is hard, but if you do your research carefully and evaluate your possibilities right, it might be the best decision for everyone.