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What to Look for in a Nursing Home
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Features of individual units

  • Are different sizes and types of units available?

  • Are units for single and double occupancy available?

  • Do residents have their own lockable doors?

  • Is a 24-hour emergency response systems accessible from the unit?

  • Are bathrooms private with handicapped accommodations to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers?

  • Are residents able to bring- their own furnishings for their unit and what may they bring?

  • Do all units have a telephone and cable TV and how is billing handled?

  • Is a kitchen area/unit provided with a refrigerator, sink and cooking element?

  • May residents keep food in their units?

  • May residents smoke in their units? In public spaces?

  • May residents have pets?

Social and recreational activities

  • Is there evidence of an organized activities program, such as a posted daily schedule, events in progress, reading materials, visitors, etc?

  • Do residents participate in the neighboring community?

  • Do volunteers, including family members, come into the residence to help with or conduct programs?

  • Does the residence require residents to undertake any chores or perform specific activities that benefit all residents?

  • Does the residence have its own pets or provide for pets to visit the facility?

Food Service

  • Does the residence provide three nutritionally balanced meals a day, seven days a week?

  • Are snacks available?

  • May a resident request special foods?

  • Are common dining areas available?

  • May residents eat meals in their units?

  • May meals be provided at a time a resident would like or are there set times for meals?

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