How to choose a nursing home, part 1
When you have a parent or elderly relative who exhibits diminished mental or physical capabilities, family members start talking quietly about mom or Uncle Bill. Although this person may not need long-term or nursing home care for some time to come, now is the time to be proactive and begin the conversation about long-term care.
I know, this is a difficult thing to do. But the key advantage to being proactive is that when you get the facts and learn what you need to know upfront, it prevents making a reactive, hasty decision when the time does come.
So, for the next few posts, I am going to talk about how to select a nursing home. It’s a big decision, but if you ask the right questions and use the checklists I’ll provide, you can more easily make an informed decision that’s right for your loved one and the entire family.
Let’s start with three essential questions to ask and consider that concern you, family members, and the “resident” to be –
Once you’ve addressed these questions and answered them, you can move on to more specific inquiries, such as these, grouped by three key topic areas –
In the next post, I’ll add some commentary about these questions in terms of what constitute good answers, as well as extending topic areas and questions you should ask.
Thanks for reading and, as always, if you have comments or questions, please e-mail them to me at HurlbutBlog@hurlbutcare.com.
Robert W. Hurlbut, President