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Finding the Right Nursing Home for Your Loved One

July 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 192

No one enjoys the process of finding a nursing home for their loved one, but when their health is deteriorating before their eyes, the time may have come to find the right nursing home for them. There are four steps that you may want to follow when considering nursing homes for the ones you love:

The first step that you need to take when deciding on the best nursing home is simply determining whether or not one is necessary. If you notice that your loved one is losing weight or experiencing memory loss, you should have him or her evaluated by a geriatrician. The doctor will assess whether or not they can dress themselves, eat, without assistance, or if they falls frequently. The physician will also check for early signs of dementia.

If the evaluation determines that a home is necessary, you need to compile a list of nursing homes to consider.

Some things you should look for are:

- Distance from you. You don't want your loved one to feel isolated from their family, and you can check on the quality of care they are receiving.

- History of care quality. You want to check for nursing homes that have a higher ranking, while keeping in mind that these will be the most sought after, and will likely have a waiting list. You can find this information on state health department websites.

- Keep count of the caregivers and their schedules. The more caregivers that a home has, the greater the likelihood that it will have better care.

- Find an advocate. This person will know about the various nursing homes, and may also help you get into the better ones. They will also know where to go to find the necessary information on each nursing home's care and safety.

The next thing you should do is visit each of the finalists. While you are visiting, the administrators questions that are tailored to the needs of your loved one. You should also vary your visits to different days and times. Things to look for are a full parking lot, the sounds of visitors, how the staff relates to the patients, how the residents play and eat, and unpleasant smells.

Finally, once you have moved your loved one into his or her new home, you need to visit occasionally so that you can monitor their care. You should expect an adjustment period while your loved one gets used to the new surroundings. During these visits make note of any changes to your loved one's health, disposition, and appearance. If you notice any problems, calmly bring it to the attention of the administrators, as it may be something that they were not aware of.

There are few decisions as difficult as choosing between various nursing homes Grand Rapids MI  has a variety of quality assisted living residences to choose from. Visit for more information, and answers to any questions you may have.

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