Choosing a Nursing Home For Your Loved Ones: Four Factors
According to a recent article in the U.S. News and World Report, there are four main factors that families should consider when selecting a nursing home for their loved ones. These four factors center on location, care, quality of life, and cost.
Factor 1: Location
When considering the location of a nursing home, it is important to find a location that will be convenient to as many family members and friends as possible. In order to make a list of candidate nursing homes, search U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes, and generate a list of homes that are in close proximity to you and your family.
Factor 2: Care
Another important consideration when selecting a nursing home is the care that your loved one will receive within the nursing home. Especially when your loved one suffers from a chronic condition or disability, it is important to be sure that the facility you select has the personnel and resource necessary to provide adequate care.
Consider what kind of staff the home employs, as well as how many staff there are in each unit. Consider whether the facility can provide the level of care and attention that your loved one requires.
Factor 3: Quality of Life
It is also important that your loved one does not experience a decrease in their quality of life as a result of entering a nursing home. Be sure to visit potential nursing homes, and select one that has a welcoming and supportive environment.
Factor 4: Cost
Finally, cost is an important factor as it determines which facilities are available to you. It is important to consider whether Medicare, Medicaid, and any long-term care insurance your loved one is eligible will be able to absorb the costs of the facility.