In most cases, when we think of care facilities, we
imagine the building and maybe the layout and people we might encounter
there. But what will let you know if this is a caregiver and family
friendly facility. Below are some key items to look for and ask about when
No restrictions on visiting hours, day or night,
as long as the resident agrees, and no other residents are disturbed.
The facility has no objection to providing a cot
for relatives, especially for out-of-town visitors, to stay overnight
in their loved one's room.
Families are able to take their loved ones out of
the facility without bureaucratic difficulty, and the facility should
sponsor frequent activities which attract family members to the
Families are allowed and encouraged to join their
loved ones for meals in the dining area.
Family celebrations should be encouraged and
assisted by the facility (celebration of birthdays, anniversaries,
religious and national holidays) and parties accommodated.
Children are welcome, accommodated and encouraged
to visit. There is a playground, booster seats in the dining area and
a children's menu.
Counseling and support groups are offered to
families to help with problems and difficulties of transition to and
within a facility.
Facility newsletters are available to visitors in
the lobby and easily located.
Michael Brodie, M.B.A., N.H.A., is an administrator
at the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged at Douglas Gardens in
Miami Florida.(305) 751-8626, (305) 754-4530(fax),
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