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Page 16, The Saline Courier 2020 How-To-Choose Guide Sunday, August 9, 2020 How to Choose... the right nursing home f you and your aging loved one are considering full-time nursing care, be sure to, invest plenty of time to choose the right facility. A quality environment will help your parent, grandparent, sibling or other loved one live a happy and stable life. You benefit from having peace of mind as well. There are several factors to consider when choosing a high-quality care center for your loved ones. A good choice will mean a higher quality of life for people facing increasing physical frailty and less stress for their families. Visit the Facility The first step is taking a tour of the potential facility. You should get a good vibe from the center. A physical visit also provides clues about the general atmosphere and morale of the residents. Lots of natural light, a cheerful décor, attractive wall art and hints of laughter from the staff and patients are good attributes. The physician may recommend a couple of additional facilities that might not have appeared on your original list. If the patient has special needs, the doctor may be aware of a facility or enhanced by opportunities for socializing. Look for a facility that offers regular activity periods for music and crafts, an outdoor area for enjoying the conversation with a relative of a patient currently in the nursing home. Ask them for their honest opinions of the facility. Good questions include queries about the staff and the quality of care received by the residents. Solicit their input on whether to place your own loved center that can best meet these specific one in the facility. Residents' family members are usually eager to share their experiences and impressions with you. They know all facility. Tour a few centers, decide too well the anxieties you are having as you make this important decision. sunshine. While on the tour, pay close attention to its cleanliness, staffing levels and the meeting of the residents needs, Is the air fresh and free from Most nursing home facilities will be happy to provide you with a tour of their homes. Once you have toured the building, request a consultation with a staff member. This will provide the requirements. It is never easy making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing unpleasant odors such as urine, feces and stale food? Are there enough nurses opportunity to ask any questions you and other attendants on duty? Do the residents look happy, are they dressed appropriately and do they seem clean and freshly bathed? Bring the prospective resident along with you on the tour. The facility may become his or her home, and he or she deserves a voice in selecting or rejecting a facility. Feelings of safety and welcome are cues that this could be a may have and address any special needs of the patient. Possible lines of questioning include the availability of different types of physical and occupational therapy, accommodation of patients' doctors' appointments outside the facility and access to barbers and hairdressers by which ones meet or exceed yours and your loved one's expectations and carefully weigh your impressions and the Ask the Doctor If you're still undecided about a placement in the facility you toured and the answers you received from patients' families, talk with your loved one's primary care physician. He or she may be able to suggest good nursing facilities in the area or provide information on similar homes. recommendations of others. You are making one of life's most difficult choices. It takes time and diligence to research and tour even a narrowed list of nursing facilities. The effort will pay off in terms of better quality of life for your loved one and peace of mind for you. the residents. positive living experience. Residents' quality of life is Ask Other People It may be possible to strike up a Page 16, The Saline Courier 2020 How-To-Choose Guide Sunday, August 9, 2020 How to Choose... the right nursing home f you and your aging loved one are considering full-time nursing care, be sure to, invest plenty of time to choose the right facility. A quality environment will help your parent, grandparent, sibling or other loved one live a happy and stable life. You benefit from having peace of mind as well. There are several factors to consider when choosing a high-quality care center for your loved ones. A good choice will mean a higher quality of life for people facing increasing physical frailty and less stress for their families. Visit the Facility The first step is taking a tour of the potential facility. You should get a good vibe from the center. A physical visit also provides clues about the general atmosphere and morale of the residents. Lots of natural light, a cheerful décor, attractive wall art and hints of laughter from the staff and patients are good attributes. The physician may recommend a couple of additional facilities that might not have appeared on your original list. If the patient has special needs, the doctor may be aware of a facility or enhanced by opportunities for socializing. Look for a facility that offers regular activity periods for music and crafts, an outdoor area for enjoying the conversation with a relative of a patient currently in the nursing home. Ask them for their honest opinions of the facility. Good questions include queries about the staff and the quality of care received by the residents. Solicit their input on whether to place your own loved center that can best meet these specific one in the facility. Residents' family members are usually eager to share their experiences and impressions with you. They know all facility. Tour a few centers, decide too well the anxieties you are having as you make this important decision. sunshine. While on the tour, pay close attention to its cleanliness, staffing levels and the meeting of the residents needs, Is the air fresh and free from Most nursing home facilities will be happy to provide you with a tour of their homes. Once you have toured the building, request a consultation with a staff member. This will provide the requirements. It is never easy making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing unpleasant odors such as urine, feces and stale food? Are there enough nurses opportunity to ask any questions you and other attendants on duty? Do the residents look happy, are they dressed appropriately and do they seem clean and freshly bathed? Bring the prospective resident along with you on the tour. The facility may become his or her home, and he or she deserves a voice in selecting or rejecting a facility. Feelings of safety and welcome are cues that this could be a may have and address any special needs of the patient. Possible lines of questioning include the availability of different types of physical and occupational therapy, accommodation of patients' doctors' appointments outside the facility and access to barbers and hairdressers by which ones meet or exceed yours and your loved one's expectations and carefully weigh your impressions and the Ask the Doctor If you're still undecided about a placement in the facility you toured and the answers you received from patients' families, talk with your loved one's primary care physician. He or she may be able to suggest good nursing facilities in the area or provide information on similar homes. recommendations of others. You are making one of life's most difficult choices. It takes time and diligence to research and tour even a narrowed list of nursing facilities. The effort will pay off in terms of better quality of life for your loved one and peace of mind for you. the residents. positive living experience. Residents' quality of life is Ask Other People It may be possible to strike up a