A guide to choosing the right nursing home

Sending a loved one to a nursing home/care centre may not be the most viable option at first, however after some thought, one will realise that some of us at home will not be able to offer 24-hour care. 

With ample of choice in the market these days, how do you pick a suitable nursing home for an elderly relative or someone who needs a safe space to recuperate? 

We’ve come up with a quick guide to help you pick a suitable assisted living centre for someone you know who may be looking for one. 

1. Research is key

The decision will be made easier if you take time to research the various nursing homes so that the needs of the individual as well as the family will be matched. During this period, you will be able to visit the various nursing homes available and find out about their respective services and more. At the same time, you will be allowing your loved one to adjust to the idea of living in a nursing home. 

2. Read the reviews

What others say about a nursing home is very important as you will be able to gauge how the care centre is run. Don’t forget to read its reviews online to pick up on anything that might be amiss. If you get a chance, speak to the residents themselves to find out what they enjoy about the nursing home and what could be improved. That will give you a good picture of what to expect. 

3. Look at their facilities 

Visit the home that you have shortlisted a few times to make sure that their premises and other facilities is up to standard. Everyone wants only the best for their loved one, so lookout for a medical consultation room, recreational area, physiotherapy room and garden, for a wholesome experience. Another very important thing to look out when inspecting the nursing home is its cleanliness. 

4. Recreational activities

If your loved one is able to still perform certain tasks, ask the nursing home if they offer recreational activities like exercise, games, arts & crafts and music therapy. These kind of activities help them lead normal lives as well as help them stay mentally and emotionally active. 

5. Well balanced and delicious meals 

Staying at a nursing home does not mean one needs to compromise on delicious and healthy food. Ask if you are able to try out a meal before finalising your decision to pick that care centre. It’s important to know what sort of meals they will be serving your beloved. To clear any further doubts as well, speak to the chef in charge to find out more. 

6. The right Human Resources

The nursing home that you send an elderly relative to should have the right manpower such as a on-site doctor, nurses and carers. If there is a visiting doctor, find out how many times he/she checks in with the residents in a week. You want to be leaving your loved one in responsible and professional hands, so this a very important feature to look at. 

Other aspects to take into account are its location, schedule of daily routine and ease of visitation. A nursing home can be beneficial not only to your loved one but also to you as they will be able to provide the right care and attention needed.

Don’t forget to check out Dr Thomas Care Centre if you are looking to place a senior relative in a nursing home. Drop by and see how we will be able to cater to the needs of your beloved.