If a nursing home is in the future for your loved one, you want the best facility you can find.
Here are five tips to help you choose a nursing home that will provide the best care for Mom or Dad and give you peace of mind.
1. Maintains good ratings
The nursing home you choose should maintain a 4- or 5-star rating as assigned by Medicare. Do some research on state surveys. You should find verification that the facility has had no serious deficiencies to correct.
2. Provides patient-centered care
You can give your own gold star to a facility that provides good overall patient-centered care. Resident safety should be a priority. At the same time, staff should treat residents with respect and allow them sufficient privacy, freedom and involvement in the planning of their own care.
3. Has a low turnover rate
Find out about staff turnover rate. If the rate is low, it probably means that management treats staff well. This in turn usually leads to better treatment for residents.
4. Allows thorough tours
Schedule a tour of each nursing home that appears to meet your list of expectations. The person who gives you the tour will naturally want to show the best side. Insist on seeing areas of the facility your guide might want you to overlook. Ask to see every floor as well as the kitchen. Talk to residents to find out how they feel about the care they are receiving.
5. Operates legally
Finally, make sure the nursing home you eventually choose is one that follows the appropriate state and federal laws. The facility should be properly licensed and able to provide your loved one with the best care.