The first step in selecting a nursing home facility is deciding what is important to the potential resident. Things such as the location of the facility, if a special care unit is necessary, and the type of payment source should be considered when begining this process.
Once you have narrowed down the facilities in your area which meet the criteria above, tour the facilities during regular business hours. You will have the opportunity to meet the staff and ask questions. Remember that there are no dumb questions, ask any questions that come to mind. Next, tour the facility a second time during the weekend or in the evening to ensure that quality care is being provided all the time. While touring, pay attention to your gut feeling and ask yourself some basic questions: Did I feel welcome? Was the facility clean? Was the staff friendly?
Once a facility has been chosen, there are some steps you can take to make the transition less traumatic for the resident.
- Plan the admission carefully. Choose a time of day that you know will work well for the resident.
- Complete all paperwork before your loved one actually moves into the facility. This will allow you to spend the first few hours there focusing on getting your loved one settled into their new living environment.
- Mark every piece of clothing with a permanent laundry marker so that clothing can be returned if it accidently ends up in the wrong room.
- Bring familiar things for the resident so that they feel at home.
- Tell the staff as much as possible about your loved one in writing such as his/her likes and dislikes, daily schedule, pet peeves, etc.