Nursing homes, also known as long-term care homes are homes set aside for individuals with long-term medical needs, which they cannot adequately receive in their own homes. The homes offer room, board, personal and nursing care especially for aging people. Long-term care eligibility is regulated in the UK, as well as many other countries, and when choosing a home for your aging parents, you need to take due diligence, but these few tips can help you choose a home confidently.
Choosing a long term care home for your parents when their health is frail can be stressful. First, you will need to write down a couple of questions that need answers to ensure that you do not forget anything. Begin by outlining your needs by working with you family doctor and parents to understand the level of care required, and the level of care they might require in the future. This will help you determine the level of certifications the home needs to have, the number of medical staff, and if the facility remains adequately staffed over the weekends and off hours.
The next step will be to select 5 locations that are close to you since your parents will need to close to the rest of family and friends. You can also consider the kind of transportation the home offers in this step.
The next step will be to come up with a realistic budget. A care home care is either government subsidized or not. While the government covers most of the medical costs, your postal code will largely determine the overall cost. The other consideration is the waiting time, but you need to have a clear overview of the basic fees and services rendered at an additional cost.
After this step, the next thing will be to review the latest government inspection report for each of the selected homes. Some of the things to look out for include safety measures in place, availability of elevators, handling, and storage of medications and dangerous substances and ease of accessibility within the entire facility.
Remember that first impressions are crucial. Ensure that the home is clean, bright, and airy. If on first visit you experience odors, or pungent smells, that indicates that there is not enough staff to do cleaning, especially for seniors with incontinence problems. The other areas to inspect include the kitchen including dietary choices, exercise amenities with an attendant, and the possibility of having a private suite where you can bring in your own furniture. Ask if you can arrange for a trial stay, which can be overnight that will give you an overall overview of what to expect in future.