Caring for an Alzheimer's Disease Patient
How to Evaluate a Nursing Home
Over 1.6 million Americans are residents of more than 18,000 nursing homes located in this country. Nursing homes can either be permanent residences for people who are too frail or sick to live at home or temporary facilities for use during the recovery period from illness or injury. When a family member needs a nursing home, it can often be challenging to find the right facility. The following questions can help you evaluate nursing homes to find the best fit for your situation.
- First of all, is the nursing home Medicare- or Medicaid-certified? Does it provide the level of care required for your family member? Is the facility accepting new residents?
- Is the location of the facility convenient for family members and friends?
- What is your impression of the physical environment? Is the facility clean, well-lit, with safe and comfortable furnishings? Is the home smoke-free, or is smoking restricted to certain areas? Is the building free of unpleasant smells? Are the surroundings peaceful and quiet?
- Is there a licensed physician on staff? Is the doctor there every day? If not, is he or she easily reachable in case of need? Can residents see their personal doctors if they wish or are they required to be treated by the house physician?
- Does the nursing home perform background checks on staff members?