Choosing a nursing home for a loved one may be one of the most daunting things we have to do in life. But, when a loved one is in a condition that requires them to be in a nursing home, as a caregiver or agent under power of attorney, it is your job to choose the place that is best for them. You want them to get the proper medical attention while still feeling like they’re at home. Your worst case scenario would be for them to feel neglected or to be treated poorly.
There are ways to ensure that this does not happen.
For starters, when beginning the nursing home selection process I recommend that you visit http://abferrarolaw.com/senior-resource-kits/alzheimers-resource-kit/. There you will find the guide, “How to Choose the Right Nursing Home and Ensure Your Loved One Gets Great Care,” which includes:
1) A Nursing Home Evaluation Form, which gives you a lot of insight pertaining to issues that people tend to overlook when choosing a nursing home;
2) 3 steps to make the nursing home transition a smooth one; and
3) 1 huge secret on how to connect with nursing home staffers so that your loved one gets the best treatment.
After narrowing down the nursing home selections, the next best thing to do is to contact someone on the nursing home staff, such as the social worker, to voice your concerns and engage in further questioning on your nursing home of choice. After contacting staff, they may offer to give you a tour of their facility to give you an even more in depth insight on what may soon be your loved one’s new home.
All in all, throughout the whole process, make sure to involve your loved one. Make sure that they know that the journey they are about to embark on is not a scary one, but an exciting one.
-Anthony B. Ferraro