When choosing a nursing home for your loved one,
you should compile a list of several that would be
appropriate. It is essential that you visit each one
in person. Things to look for are:
- Location-Close to a hospital for emergencies
- Convenient for you, friends, relatives, and the
loved one’s doctor
- Visiting Hours-Are the hours convenient?
- Ideally, you should be able to
- Size of Facility-Small home=more personal
- Large home=more activities
- Consider the quality of activities and services
- Room Selection-Is attention paid to room and/or roommate selection?
- If loved one dislikes roommate, can he or she change?
- Can we bring some of our own furniture?
- Holding a Bed-If transferred to hospital, is a bed reserved?
- Valuables-How are these protected?
- Volunteers-Are community volunteers used—the more volunteers a home has, the greater the amount of patient services provided
- Morale-How do the patients seem?
- Is there respect and privacy?
- Is there access to TV and radio?
- Food-Does it taste good?
- Ask other patients about it
- Dining room—is it clean, attractive, nice atmosphere?
- Is the food the right temperature
- Can special diet needs be met?
- Is food available at any other time than at regular meal times?