Although many of us feel that nursing home placement will never be an option for ourselves or our loved ones, there may come a time when skilled nursing care truly is the best and only option for our care needs. The vast number of nursing home facilities today offer a wide range of services and amenities that allow long-term care needs to intersect with happy, comfortable living. In an ideal situation, you will plan ahead so there is time to research facilities and develop a plan that is best suited to the preferences and needs of your loved one.
When considering the options it may be helpful to create a checklist of things that are important to your family in making the selection. The following is a list of some questions you may want to ask when visiting a potential residential facility.
· Does the facility appear clean and well-maintained?
· Is it silent or is there noise and activity?
· Are the residents dressed appropriately for the season?
· Do residents appear well-cared for and well-groomed?
· Is there communication and interaction among residents and staff?
· Are call bells promptly answered?
· Do staff seem to interact in a pleasant and responsive way with the residents?
· Do staff appear to work together and relate to each other in a positive way?
· Do the residents appear to be engaged with each other and involved in activities?
· Do meals being served in the dining room appear appetizing?
· Are there outdoor grounds that the residents can enjoy?
· Is there a schedule of activities posted and do the activities seem varied enough to accommodate different preferences?
· Are the staff friendly and helpful if you ask a question?
Using a checklist similar to this can be helpful in evaluating each location. Ask questions, be thorough, and communicate whenever possible with your loved one throughout the process. Relocation can be stressful and uncomfortable, but planning ahead and good communication can help to provide time for adjustment that will make the transition much easier when the time comes.
Darol Tuttle, Attorney at Law, P.S. services clients in Washington State to include Thurston County, Pierce County, King County and Snohomish County to include cities such as Olympia, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Federal Way, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Seattle, Burien, Des Moines, Renton, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds and Everett.