We all want the best for our loved ones, but for many families, senior care is a sensitive and difficult topic to address. Often, families decide that their loved one needs more constant medical care than they are able to provide at home, and a nursing home can offer the attention they need.
But nursing homes don't always come without risk. A national non-profit group, Families for Better Care, recently released nursing home grades for each state. Though 10 states did receive "A's," 11 states received "F's." While these grades aren't comforting, they do show that the quality of nursing homes varies.
Our law firm understands that planning for the future isn't always easy, and so we compiled some basic guidelines to help you and your family find a safe, comfortable nursing home for your loved one.
First, decide what type of senior care is best for you and your loved one. There are many senior care options that may be more suited to your family's needs, such as meal programs, in-home care, or assisted living facilities. If a loved one has difficulty with daily tasks such as the following, it may be worth looking into a nursing home:
Next, compare the quality of those nursing homes you're considering. While selecting the best care is your priority, it's also important to keep these points in mind:
Before making a final decision, it's crucial that you visit any nursing homes you're considering. Here are important questions to ask yourself as you visit:
While you're visiting, don't be afraid to speak with other families. Most families are more than happy to share valuable, honest opinions and advice with others in their same situation.
For a more detailed nursing home checklist, visit our Choosing a Nursing Home page.