Choosing to place one or both parents in a nursing home or other long-term care facility is never an easy decision. However, moving a parent to a location where they can receive around-the-clock care may be in the best interests of both the aging parents and their adult children.
These are a few of the many questions that people should ask when vetting a nursing home for their elderly parents.
What training does the staff have?
If a parent going into a nursing facility has a medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s disease, it is imperative that the staff have the time and skills to take care of the condition. In addition to training, inquire about the staff-to-patient ratio at the facility, and whether or not there is a registered nurse available around the clock.
What activities does the facility host?
If the loved one is still capable of socializing and engaging in activities, ask about what kinds of activities and events are available for residents. Pastimes that engage the body and mind are beneficial for the continued cognitive function of older people.
What is the daily schedule?
Make sure that the daily schedule is one that is compatible with the person going into the nursing home. If freedom and independence are important to the elderly parent, ask if patients can freely move around inside the facility as well as go outside to roam on the facility grounds.
Asking the right questions of a potential nursing home will help someone feel more confident in the decision they make for their elderly parent.