As people grow older, many will need someone to take care of them. Many families don't want to send their loved ones to a nursing home but it's sometimes the only viable option. Choosing a nursing home is a difficult decision, but an important one.
Here are a few things to consider when considering sending a loved one to a nursing home:
- Speak with a healthcare provider: The nursing home is essentially your loved one's new home. A healthcare professional should be able to provide reliable guidance
- Choose the type of home that best meets your loved one's needs. There are different types of nursing homes. Some homes are like hospitals, others are more like a home residence, and some are a combination of both. Most provide medical care, physical, speech, and occupational therapy. Normally there one or two people living in a room and some homes allow couples to live together. Nursing homes often have visiting doctors that see their patients on site while some let patients visit the doctor's office.
- Think about the cost. Typically, nursing home care is paid for in one of two ways. For people who can afford the cost, nursing home care is paid out of pocket. For individuals with limited resources, Medicaid, a government program run by state and federal government, could cover these costs.
- Investigate the nursing home. It is critical to select a nursing home that will give your loved one the best chance to live the fullest possible life. If a facility has a history of neglecting or abusing its residents, you need to know about this. Medicare has a website in which you can see how facilities in your area measure up.
- Choose the right location. Especially if there are several family members involved, the right location could determine the type of experience you have. Be sure and visit several locations so you can get a feel for what the environment and ensure your family member is comfortable,
- Once you choose a location visit periodically. This will give you a chance to see what activities are offered, how the staff interacts with residents and get a feel for the environment overall.
Sending a loved one to a nursing home is a big decision. Take the steps necessary to ensure they are cared for and protected.