Looking for the Best Geriatric Home
Don’t select a geriatric home for today’s needs only. Find one that can also meet the elderly person’s needs months or years down the line. This is possible if you consider a few key issues before making a decision.
Care Before Appearance
First of all, though a geriatric care home must be neat, clean and orderly, don’t forget that you are ultimately seeking GOOD CARE, not stunning interior design.
What No One Knows About Doctors
Why No One Talks About Resources Anymore
Observe interactions between residents and staff. Do the residents seem happy to be in the home? Sad and withdrawn? Do the carers treat residents more as adults or more like young children?
If something doesn’t feel right based on what you have observed, either the home is understaffed or the people who run it have no real understanding the psycho-social needs of the elderly. To a significant extent, how the residents are treated by the staff will affect their quality of life in the home more than any other factor could.
Rental and Patient Agreement
Be sure to read the rental contract or patient agreement very carefully. 41Bring it home with you if you must. Go through the charges and watch out for extra charges. What are included and not included in the care contract? Skip any facility that will not itemize your costs in written form. Another very important matter to look into is how long in advance you are required to inform them about moving your loved one out of the home, just in case it’s necessary.
Food and Meals
Food is usually one of the few pleasures that geriatric home residents can enjoy on a day to day basis. If the food in the facility is bland or lacks variety, an elderly person’s quality of life can be seriously affected.
State Licensing Inspection Survey
No geriatric home will have no violations, but what you need to be wary about are violations directly affecting patient care. On the other hand, a facility may have a lot of simple violations, but the fact that they were unable to solve so many small issues can also indicate a potential for much bigger problems in the future.
Director of Nurses
There is a Director of Nurses in every geriatric home, and it is important that you speak to him or her before you decide on a certain facility. When talking to the D.O.N., find out about their professional experience and whether or not their philosophy of care is acceptable to you.
It is the D.O.N. who sets the standards for care in a facility. If that person is excellent at their job and has the management’s backing (i.e. the Administrator), then care is most probably good. Otherwise, you may be dealing with patient care-related issues.