If you or a loved one is faced with the need to enter into a nursing home, making the right choice can be critical. Many nursing homes require patients to sign contracts agreeing to care, and making this choice for your love one is in yours hands. While this can be emotional and overwhelming, just do one thing at a time. Make a list of services, type of care, location and expense. Today we will help in your search for the best fit; overall care and will support you in feeling more confident in your decision.
Compare Costs to Benefits
Comparing the cost of nursing homes is certainly important, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure you ask questions about what the quote cost covers. Are there hidden or additional charges for services, exercise, meals or care? Do the costs include transportation, meals, medical care and entertainment? Will there be additional fees your love one requires a higher level of care or if their medical condition changes?
Make sure you look at everything that is covered in the cost; ask for a list of to what isn’t covered and a cost sheet for those services. Remember that medical and health needs can change in the blink of an eye. Seek out an option that will be financially feasible no matter what happens.
Compare Staff Rates, Turnover, and Patient Satisfaction
When looking at nursing homes, you also want to look at the staff. Find out how many staff members are present at each shift vs. patients. Ask about the staff members’ level of education that is required and actual education they have. Look at turnover rates and make sure that the nursing home you choose is licensed, bonded, insured and that complete comprehensive background checks on all staff members. Ask about cleaning, custodial and other companies that service around the grounds and in the building. Are they checked out as well? Inquire about patient satisfaction rates and ask to speak with other residents about their care. Find out if the nursing home has ever lost its license or had a staff member accused or convicted of abuse.
Use the Right Tools
When comparing nursing homes, there are many ways to go about things. Start with visiting the home in person. Inspect it visually (clean, organized, up to date), by smell (is it clean, dirty or smelly), sound (is it loud, chaos, screaming or a ruckus), keep an eye on how care is given, speak with the staff members and residents. Go back and do several checks on each place you are considering at different times. Medicare offers a great comparison tool that lets you check quality ratings, fire safety inspection data, and staff data. With the right questions and tools, you will find yourself much better equipped to make the right choice.
Their Care Is In Your Hands
It is important for family members to stay involved to ensure their loved one receives the best nursing home care. Following up on your love ones care is the most important part of any care you chose. By getting your family involved it will help with the comfort level, quality of care, overall support and peace of mind for everyone involved.
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