Elder Care Information

Compare Nursing Homes


Finding the best nursing home is easier than you might think. That is assuming there is more than one nursing home in your area so that you have something to compare. The sad part is that the best nursing home is just the one that meets your expectations better than its competitors. That doesn't mean it is a good nursing home, it might even mean that it just isn't the worst.

A good source of information and feedback on local nursing homes is the attending physician for the residents. The staff at the physician' office works closely with the nursing home staff scheduling appointments and transportation, prescribing medication, and treating ailments as well as serious medical conditions. We found the best nursing home for my grandfather from the recommendation of our cardiologist's nurse.

One of the most valuable tools to compare nursing homes is a nursing home report you can get through Check My Nursing Home.com. This report will tell you about complaints against the nursing home, inspections of the nursing home, abuse and neglect cases, and other valuable feedback that potential residents need to be aware of.

This report is definitely a necessity, but the most valuable tool to compare nursing homes is personal interviews with residents, staff members, and family members. Remember when talking to residents and caregivers that we all compare things based on our own perceptions. For example, my grandfather is getting excellent care and unbelievable attention at his nursing home, but thinks he is being abused and neglected because the food is so bad.

Find out what the employees like and don't like about their working environment and employer. The attitude and contentment of the staff will have a direct affect on the care and attention your loved one will receive. Compare nursing homes based on how good of an environment it is for nurses to work in, and you'll get a clearer picture of how good of an environment it is for residents to live in. Ask questions like, "How often do you have to do someone else's work that is not your job?" You'll learn a lot about how work is managed, but most importantly, you'll get a clearer picture of the attitude of the person you are interviewing. Do they have a resentful attitude or a cooperative one? Do they mind helping outside of their job descriptions, or do they see the staff as a team where everyone works together no matter what the task? These keys will give you a good indication of what is going to happen when your loved one needs help going to the potty when the nurse's aide assigned to their room is busy with another resident.

Always ask specific questions to compare programs and care, such as "Tell me about your physical therapy routine, what exercises you do, and how often?" Asking, "How's physical therapy here?" will only provide you with personal opinion. And even if the therapy is excellent-if the resident doesn't like the PT nurse, you're liable to get a negative response. My grandfather hates the resistance bands his physical therapist uses, and really feels stupid sitting there stretching rubber bands. If you asked him what he thought about physical therapy at his nursing home, you are going to get an earful of how it's a useless waste of time. But if you specifically ask him what his physical therapy routine consists of and how often he has physical therapy, you'll get some facts mixed in with the soap box venting.

So to compare nursing homes, visit them personally, ask lots of questions, and interview not only staff, but residents and their families as well. Once you have your choices narrowed down to one or two, order a report on the home to check out what is really happening behind the scenes. And once you've chosen the best nursing home, keep checking on them to make sure the care your loved one receives continues to meet your expectations and their needs.

Shannon Davis is a consumer advocate and freelance writer for the health care, nursing home, and long term care industry. What does Shannon have to say about your local nursing home? Visit http://www.checkmynursinghome.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


WTXL ABC 27

Elder Care grows new community garden to feed senior citizens
WTXL ABC 27
"Luckily, we had this little plot of land that was perfect to build some little garden beds on, and the clients really seem to like it," said Josie Fleiger with Elder Care. "We deliver our produce output to our meal on wheels clients and our food ...



Elder Care: Frequently asked questions regarding Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts
Carlisle Sentinel
Here are some frequently asked questions about Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts: 1. What is a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust? It is an irrevocable trust that (if drafted properly) protects the assets transferred to it from counting as resources for ...



Bangor Daily News

State rep hopes indicted eldercare facility owner will stay with his Bucksport project
Bangor Daily News
A state representative is standing by his indicted would-be partner in his efforts to save Bucksport's 178-year-old former seminary. Rep. Richard Campbell, an Orrington-based Republican and full-time contractor, said that he hopes that Amy McLellan ...



New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

Elder Care: Get your questions heard Tuesday at 7 pm
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
We'll try and help you navigate all of those, with assistance from medical professionals, attorneys, elder care specialists and others, both on-air and in a special online chat. Tune to 101.5 FM Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. to hear the discussion, and ...



KXAN.com

Family Eldercare reaches major milestone with Fan Drive
KXAN.com
AUSTIN (KXAN) — In 1990, when Family Eldercare found out an elderly person was overheating in their home and needed a fan, the agency stepped up — and that was the start of the Fan Drive. During the first year of the drive, the agency collected 20 ...



Santa Fe New Mexican

Filling Santa Fe's elder care gap
Santa Fe New Mexican
The impetus for Michael Munson's drive to organize an adult day service in Santa Fe arose from his experience caring for his mother, Barbara Munson, until she passed six years ago. “She lived with us until she died at 84,” he said last week. “We ...



NewsChannel5.com

Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law Hour: Addiction & Older Adults
NewsChannel5.com
We continue to hear about the opioid crisis in the news, but how does this crisis (as well as other additions) affect seniors? We begin this conversation with Thomas Farmer, who is the Special Agent in Charge with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation ...



Second lawsuit filed in scabies outbreak at Eugene elder care facility
The Register-Guard
A second lawsuit has been filed as a result of the scabies outbreak and alleged cover-up that occurred nearly three years ago at a Eugene elder care facility. Southtowne Living Center is being sued for up to $1.2 million, along with its parent company ...



Elder-care agency warns 2 St. Johns County facilities of fine
St. Augustine Record
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration sent a notice of intent to fine two St. Johns County assisted living facilities in connection with new backup power regulations, according to the agency. But the administrator of one facility says the ...



Elder Care: Dementia: Why are they acting like that?
Carlisle Sentinel
Symptoms of dementia are often subtle during the early stages of a disease process and progress gradually. Surprisingly, people who are experiencing dementia can be quite skilled at covering up their deficiencies for a period of time. Sometimes changes ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2009 Asteroidsearch .om