Putting an older family member into a residential care home may be one of the most difficult decisions you make. Perhaps you feel guilty about not being able to care for them yourselves, or maybe you are just wondering how you will afford it
Either way, visiting your family member once they are in a home and realizing you made the correct choice can bring immense relief, especially as you’ve likely heard horror stories of homes that abuse or neglect people in their care.
Here are some ways you can increase the odds of making a good selection
Ask people who have used it or have inside knowledge
If one of your neighbors has a relative in a particular home, they may be able to tell you what they like and don’t like. If you know someone who works in a related area of healthcare, they too may have good information on which homes are good or not.
Talk to those already residents in the place
The members of the management team that show you around are likely to skip over any negatives. Residents may be more forthcoming with the truth.
Be observant when visiting
You can pick up a lot from a quick walk around. For example, if the television set seems to be the main focus of attention, it could signal a lack of scheduled activities. Empty plates after meals might be a reassuring sign that the food is good or that the home caters to each resident’s particular dietary needs and tastes. Clean, lively residents are a good sign, whereas ones that look less cared for or bored could signify a lack of attention.
Despite your best efforts, issues could still occur with a nursing home. Seeking legal help will enable you to examine your options.