Hello, I hope all is well. Do I know what care services the Nursing Home provides is the question.
You may have decided that it is best to move your Senior Loved One (SLO) into a Nursing Home or you may have already moved your Senior Loved One into a Nursing Home. I’m not here to change your mind. I just want to leave you with questions that you should want to know. If you don’t already know the answers to the following questions, as a senior caregiver, you should want to know these answers. Knowing these answers will give you the power to ensure that your SLO receives the care and protection that he/she needs and deserves.
The main question is “Do I know what care services the Nursing Home provides?”
Now let’s go deeper with the questions…
- What types of activities are available for my Senior Loved One?
- If my Senior Loved One falls, what are the protocols of the Nursing Home?
- Does the Nursing Home have senior abuse prevention training for their staff? If so, what are the details of the training?
- Does the Nursing Home accommodate one-off care requests?
- Does the Nursing Home provide training to the staff on how to handle seniors?
- What are the Nursing Home’s visiting hours?
- What is the availability of the social worker to converse about my Senior Loved One?
- What kind of personal items if any will you provide my Senior Loved One?
- How is my Senior Loved One’s food prepared?
- Can the Nursing Home accommodate my Senior Loved One’s dietary restrictions?
- Can my Senior Loved One continue to see his/her primary care physician?
- How often is my Senior Loved One bath?
- How many staff members are on duty during the day, night, and weekends?
- What is the Nursing Home’s protocol for emergencies?
- Does the Nursing Home have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place? If so, can I request to see it?
- Does the Nursing Home monitor my Senior Loved One’s weight?
- Does the Nursing Home have safety items installed i.e. handrails, grab bars, smoke detectors, etc.?
- Can my Senior Loved One go outside? If so, for how long?
- What is the Nursing Home’s protocol if a staff abuses my Senior Loved One?
- What type of items if any can I bring to my Senior Loved One?
We can surely add more questions to this list. Please feel free to add. If you don’t know any of these questions, please take the time right now to contact your Senior Loved One’s Nursing Home to get the answer(s). If you are planning on moving your Senior Loved One into a Nursing Home, it is up to you to get these questions answered.
You should want your Senior Loved One to live in a place that truly cares and have their best interests.
The power of caring does not stop when you decide to move your Senior Loved One into a Nursing Home.
CEO and Lead Senior Advocate