Choosing a nursing home is very overwhelming.  As a licensed nursing home administrator who also teaches nursing home courses, I have created some helpful tips for choosing the proper facility for you loved one.

  • choosing a nursing home pennsylvaniaTalk to people who have been to that facility about the care.
  • Visit the facility on a tour and then go back and view the facility after 5:00 pm when the administrative staff is not there.
  • Check out the dining experience.  Is the dining rooms home like or institutional?
  • Review the monthly activity calendar.  Do they have outings in the community? Is it enriching and engaging?
  • If you’re loved one is going there for short term rehab-talk with the rehab staff. Also, do they have a separate floor or unit for their rehab patients?  If not, then alert oriented residents will be in the same area with confused residents.
  • If you’re loved one is staying long term; do they have specialty units for dementia or provide a stimulating environment like the Eden alternative which is vibrant and has plants, pets and music.
  • Check out cms.gov nursing home compare. The surveys for all nursing facilities are listed there and given a star rating system from 1 star to 5 stars being the best.
  • Contact Senior Assistance so that we can help you navigate the nursing home maze as well as help if your loved one is not getting the proper care they deserve.
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