As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, the greater populations nursing homes will see. You may have even begun considering a nursing home for your aging parent. However, with so many options, it can be hard to choose.
To help you better navigate the numerous nursing home options, here are five basic but essential things to look for as you tour nursing homes.
- Does the food look and taste good? Aging parents often lose sensitivity or may not have as high an interest in eating as they should. Food that tastes good, is presented in an appetizing way and hits dietary needs increases the chances that your parent is eating and getting the nutrition they need.
- Are patients addressed by their names? Remember, this is a generation that was brought up on respect for elders and have been addresses as Mr. and Mrs. for their adult lives. A good nursing home will help residents feel respected, even with something as small as calling them by their names.
- Are staff members overworked? This may not be apparent at first. However, overworked staff members mean tired or stressed people are the ones who will provide care for your parent. This can result in sub-standard care. Ask staff members if they have to work a lot of overtime or double shifts.
- What do current residents do in the afternoons? If you see current residents near the nurses’ station or posted by entrances watching people come and go, that’s a good thing. It shows they are being social. Residents hidden away in rooms watching TV is a greater concern.
- How is a fall handled? Hopefully you won’t see a resident have a fall, but if you do, there are some things to check for. Were they checked for injuries, safely lifted off the floor and re-checked for injuries later? If you don’t witness a fall, be sure to ask a staff member about the protocols for dealing with a fall.
While we can’t tell you what you will find at other nursing homes, we can assure you of the following things when you visit a Choice Health facility:
- Food is prepared and presented in an appetizing manor, and is filled with the nutrition residents need.
- Patients are given the utmost respect, from calling them by their names ensuring we have the right number of staff on hand to provide patient-centered care.
- The proper protocols for falls are followed, including a notification to you to keep you in the loop.
We encourage you to consider Choice Health Management facilities when looking into nursing homes for your aging parent. You can see where our facilities are located, as well as the services providing by visiting our website.
We look forward to serving you and your loved one!