How can I find a good nursing home for my loved one?

The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is often a difficult one. Along with the challenges of transitioning from one living space to another, many families in Alabama are also worried about whether a home will provide sufficient care for their relative. U.S. News & World Report offers the following advice if you’re currently in search of a safe and secure nursing home for an elderly family member.

Ask about the staff

A kind and attentive staff is an integral part of a good nursing home. While visiting a prospective home be sure to ask questions regarding the staff, such as turnover rates. A constantly changing staff indicates there are issues within the management of the home or other problems. You also want to find out how much staff interaction occurs between residents and staff members. This is especially important for elderly people with mobility issues, who will likely need help getting around.

Talk to residents

If possible, take some time to talk to residents about their experiences there. Ask them about their day-to-day life and whether they are content in the home. Also inquire if there is anything they would like to change. You can also see if you’re allowed to talk to the family of residents when available in order to get a deeper perspective.

Find out about activities

While a nursing home must offer top-rate medical and daily care, ensuring residents remain engaged is equally important. This is where activities come in; good nursing homes often have activity directors to ensure that your family member remains engaged physically and mentally. Ask if you can talk to the home’s director to find out what is offered to residents. Activities are also important for fostering social connections among elderly people, as loneliness and isolation are often huge problems for seniors.

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