Looking for the Best Geriatric Home Don’t pick a geriatric home only for today’s needs. Find one that will also be able to meet the elderly person’s needs months and years onward. To make this possible, there are some major issues you need to consider. Care Before Aesthetics 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.
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Observe interactions between residents and staff. Do the residents look happy and satisfied? Depressed? Do the caregivers treat the residents as adults or more like kids? 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 huge extent, how the staff treat the residents will affect their quality of life in the home more than anything else. Rental/Patient Agreement Make sure you read the rental contract or patient agreement thoroughly. 41If you must, take it home with you. Scrutinize the charges and watch out for extras. What are the inclusions and exclusions in the care contract? Skip any facility that will not itemize your costs in written form. Another very important thing to look into is how long beforehand you need to notify them about your intention to move your loved one out of the facility, just in case you have to. Food and Meals Food is usually one of the few pleasures that geriatric home residents can enjoy on a day to day basis. Bland food or limited food variety can seriously affect the quality of life of an elderly person. State Licensing Inspection Survey All geriatric homes have violations, but what you should look out for in the survey are violations that boil down to negligent patient care. On the other hand, if a facility has so many simple or even trivial violations, this can be a sign of potentially bigger problems to come. Director of Nurses Geriatric homes will have a Director of Nurses, and it important that you talk to him or her before deciding on the particular facility. When speaking to the D.O.N., ask about their experience in that position and see if their philosophy of care is agreeable to you. The D.O.N. is the one 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.