Guide To Choosing The Right Nursing Home
It can be a very difficult decision to put a loved one in a home. There are many reasons to and against putting a relative in a nursing home and people often struggle with their own conscious of whether or not it is the right choice to make.
Often or not there is not a choice though and the person must go into care to not only help themselves but those around them. Looking after a family member full-time can put a huge strain on the family dynamics, your own health as well finances. People will not judge you for doing what is best for the next of kin as well as family relationships.
But how do you choose the right nursing home? Ultimately it needs to make you feel at home. A home should feel like a home so it is important that it is inviting, has a homely feel with fresh flowers as well as great-smelling grub. Your loved-one is going to be in the home seven days a week so they need to feel at ease with the environment, the staff and not feel like a stranger.
The level of support is vital as well as the facilities. Is there a nice garden you can sit in and enjoy a spot of gardening and do they offer activities or social outings to the park, cinema or bingo? Is nursing care 24 hours a day? Is support available for specific disability needs and is there appropriate equipment like handrails on the bath and adjustable armchairs? Are friends and relatives allowed to visit at any time?
These are the kind of questions which you need to ask but the best advice is to go off your gut instant. As soon as you walk in does it feel warm and friendly? Are all the staff walking round with a smile on their face and are they open-hearted offering you a brew?
Further considerations which need to be taken into account are if you have any religious or cultural needs. If you are a practicing Christian, is a staff member available to take you to church every Sunday? Some care homes do not allow you to openly practice a religion such as read from the Bible in case it offends other residents so make sure you enquire.
It is a hard decision to put someone into a home but make sure it is not a verdict that is taken lightly. Take your time when looking around the local area and remember the pointers mentioned above.
This post was written by http://www.cheselden.co.uk/; the leading continuing care review specialists based in Cheshire.