CHOOSING A NURSING HOME
A guide to choosing the right Nursing Home for your loved one.
Before placing a loved one in a nursing home, the first step is to decide what the long-term care needs actually are. In analyzing whether a nursing home is necessary, your loved one’s condition, wishes, and available support system should be evaluated. There are different levels of care, which are impacted by both financial and medical considerations. You can use our free brochure: Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home to help make the best decision.
People face different circumstances in deciding when and how to place a loved one in a nursing home. In some instances, there is a good bit of lead time as an elderly person’s health deteriorates through dementia, diabetes or some other long-term disease process. In other instances, an elderly person may suffer an acute event, such as a stroke or a fall that requires placement after a short hospital stay. In either instance, it is important to develop a plan to evaluate both the appropriateness of a nursing home stay, the level of care your loved one will need, financial benefits that will pay for the care, your loved one’s physicians’ recommendations and location and qualifications of the facility.
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NURSING HOME INFORMATION
If your loved one is in a hospital, the hospital social services department is there to serve you and assist you in gathering information that you may need regarding potential nursing home placement. A family representative should also personally visit the facility and review appropriate documentation about the facility before making a decision.