Finding the right nursing home can be a stressful and overwhelming decision. There’s a lot to consider – costs, location, reputation, and personal comfort and fit. If you are currently faced with the daunting prospect of choosing a nursing home here’s a list of suggestions and recommendations that can help you start your search on the right foot.
If you’re looking for your own nursing home, you should start by making a list of homes you would be interested in exploring. To get your list started, our experts recommend asking around (family, friends, doctors) for recommendations. Sometimes, a loved one isn’t capable of selecting their own nursing home. If this is the case, the process of choosing can be quite delicate. We suggest including the patient as much as possible in the process and listening to their feedback or taking their needs into consideration as much as possible.
Schedule a Visit
Visiting the nursing home is the best way to determine if it’s a good fit for you or your loved one. Make an appointment for a tour, talk to the residents, ask the staff questions and really look around. Take a pen and paper with you and keep written notes about each nursing home. This will help you make your decision later on. If possible, try to visit each location more than once to get a good sense of the facility on a normal day.
Investigate the Facility
As you look at each nursing home, keep in mind that there are no federal requirements for how many employees a nursing home has to have. Ask questions to make sure that there are enough nurses and other staff to give you or your loved one the care you need. While you’re visiting the facility, ask for a copy of the most recent inspection report. Is the nursing home clean and odor-free? Are there smoke detectors and sprinklers? Are there handrails where you would need them? Do the residents seem clean and comfortable? Is the staff responsive and friendly to them?
As you look at the choices, pay special attention to the cost of each nursing home, how each one feels to you, where it’s located, and the levels of nursing care it provides. Some questions you may want to ask yourself include: Does the nursing home provide enough help with daily tasks? Is 24-hour nursing care available? Does the nursing home have a social director who plans events for the residents? Are religious services held? Is a hairdresser or barber available? Can the nursing home provide the kind of care you need? Will your doctor be able to direct your care? If not, find out how often the nursing home’s medical director personally visits each resident.
Prices of nursing homes can change depending on the nursing home and the type of care offered. Talk with your family, social workers, or eldercare agencies in your community about your payment options. If you have concerns about how you’ll pay for a nursing home, talk to representatives from Medicare and/or Medicaid. Many people pay for nursing home services with their own money, but Medicaid and Medicare offer resources for people who qualify.
If you can, it’s good to plan ahead for these situations so you have time to learn all you can about the nursing homes you’re interested in. If you need to make a decision quickly, try to visit the nursing homes on your list at least once before you choose. Make sure you understand the cost and payment options for each nursing home.
Sometimes, older adults with chronic illnesses who can no longer remain at home. When these life situations arise, many families in Hampton Roads have discovered that they can trust Bon Secours’ skilled nursing facilities, the St. Francis Nursing Center in Newport News and the Bon Secours Maryview Nursing Care Center in Portsmouth, to care for their loved ones. Our high quality skilled nursing and long-term care facilities provide compassionate skilled nursing care in a homelike environment that contributes to our residents’ physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.
The Maryview Nursing Care Center has achieved the prestigious five-star rating with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This rating, acknowledging that Maryview Nursing Care Center provides above-quality care, is only held by a few nursing homes throughout the country. Ratings are based on health inspections, staffing and 10 different quality measures. Bon Secours Maryview Nursing Care Center has also received a high ranking of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Nursing Homes for the second consecutive year. Facilities that ranked highest in Best Nursing Homes 2012 earned overall five-star ratings. Only about one home in eight met this standard.