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Proper Nursing for Senior People: Selecting the Right Nursing Home

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/2/2006 | Health

Moving into a nursing home is the best option for those senior persons with an ongoing condition that requires supervision by health care professionals and other health care services on a regular basis. Here you will be provided with the services and assistance for the functions that your health or physical condition do not permit you to perform for yourself. These services include planning and preparing meals, taking care of laundry, performing the simple tasks of personal grooming, taking medicines on time and, per instructions, carrying out the household chores including shopping for necessary things. The decision to move into a nursing home is often taken after a debilitating illness, after which it becomes impossible to provide adequate care at home. Whatever may be the reason, moving to a nursing home is an important decision for the patient as well as his family, and it surely becomes an issue of much emotion and sentiment.

Now you can choose from two different types of nursing home facilities:

Long-term health care facility

Assisted living facility

Choosing the right facility can be a very important decision for you and your family in your retired life. The nursing home is going to be your real home for a long time. It is important for the family members of the patient to thoroughly inquire about the facilities and quality of services and care provided by the nursing home. It will depend on the quality of these services whether the elderly person will be able to survive for a good many years ahead.

When you are looking for a suitable nursing home for any of your loved ones, base your search on three major criteria: safety, security and comfort. It is important to look for these qualities in a nursing home, because you are putting your loved one in this place for a long time and you expect their stay, whether brief or long term, to be happy and comfortable in every aspect.

It can be quite challenging to distinguish a good health care facility from one that is really bad. A good nursing home is one in which the services they provide have a personalized touch beyond dry professionalism. These are the nursing homes that show warmth towards their patients, along with maintaining professional efficiency.

While looking for nursing home facilities, make it a point to go through each clause thoroughly. Also clear any doubts on all issues by questioning the responsible personnel.

Make sure the room given to the patient has individually controlled heat and air conditioning. Check whether the room has an emergency response system.

A good nursing home facility is expected to include all these services for their residents: laundry facilities on each floor, flat linen service, monthly housekeeping, maintenance and scheduled transportation.

If you are a perfectionist, you will also look for amenities such as a hair salon, bank, and gift shop within the nursing home grounds.

Finally, move around and try to understand whether the nursing home has an overall community feeling. Happy and healthy looking, clean, well-groomed residents are the final parameters for selecting the right nursing home for your loved one.