Are you in the process of comparing nursing homes for yourself or a loved one? Are you overwhelmed by all the options? Are you concerned about making the right choice at the right time?
There is nothing simple about choosing a nursing home, as there are choices everywhere and each facility has something unique to offer. Fortunately, when you answer the right questions, you’ll move closer to making an informed and confident decision that you can comfortably live with.
While no two people are in the same position, here are five questions that most should consider answering when choosing a nursing home:
- Where is it located? More specifically, you may want to seek a nursing facility that’s in close proximity to your current home and/or loved ones. This provides comfort while giving others the ability to make regular visits.
- What types of living arrangements are available? For example, you may be most interested in a private room, which is something that not all facilities have to offer.
- How much does it cost? This varies greatly from one facility to the next, so it’s critical to understand the cost upfront. With a basic idea, you will better understand how to prepare financially.
- How does the nursing home rate in regards to safety? Check far and wide to learn more about any safety violations. Furthermore, read online reviews to see what others have to say about the facility. If you come across one red flag after the next, it’s a good sign that you should turn your attention elsewhere. A nursing home isn’t something you take a risk with.
- What is the staff to resident ratio? You want to know that there is always someone standing by to provide you or your loved one with the care they deserve. A short-staffed facility is one that is more likely to make a mistake.
You can answer some of these questions on your own, but for others, you’ll need to reach out to the facility directly. If they’re unable to answer your questions and address your concerns, move on. Poor service upfront can be a sign of what’s to come in the future.
As you’re answering these questions, don’t wait to turn your attention to other details that are just as important. For example, if you’re helping a loved one and they have Medicaid coverage, learn more about how it can help cover the cost of a nursing home. The same holds true if they have long-term care insurance.
If you have any questions or concerns about choosing a nursing home, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have many years of experience helping people in your situation and are more than happy to show you the way. With our assistance, it won’t be long before you better understand your options, how to make a decision, and how to secure the best care at a reasonable price.