When to Consider a Nursing Home and What to Ask
Nursing homes are not always thought of positively because of the bad press they often get. But not all nursing homes are filled with neglect and abuse. In fact, many are staffed with loving and kind caregivers that will help the elderly spend their twilight years happily. If you’re thinking about putting a loved one into a nursing home, your best bet is to do research on all the places you’re considering and ask around for recommendations from your friends, relatives, church parishioners, and doctors.
Another aspect of nursing homes you will have to think about is whether your loved one needs to go into a full-care home or an assisted living residence. This really depends on whether they can take care of themselves or not. Assisted living residences are for those who are healthy and are still able to maintain independence. Though residents may need help sometimes, they usually can manage on their own and are able to walk, bathe, and sleep without assistance. These residences offer meals, activities and basic care to residents if needed. You can feel great about placing a loved one in these residences because they will still feel independent, be able to meet new friends and participate in fun group activities.
If your loved one can no longer do things for themselves, they would definitely need to be placed in the nursing homes that offer 24 hour care. These types of nursing homes will help their residents do everything, from bathing to eating. The staff will also spend time with residents by playing games or just talking with them to brighten up their day. Loneliness won’t be an issue because these places will constantly be planning outings and trips to make life enjoyable.
And remember, if you need to put a loved one into a nursing home, your best bet is to research the places you’re considering and ask for recommendations from your friends, relatives, church parishioners, and doctors.
Adapted from an article by James Hunt.
Senior Care Focus (Long-term Care Focus), Issue No. 2, Spring/Summer 2009