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How to Choose a Geriatric Home Don’t pick a geriatric home only for today’s needs. Look for one that can also satisfy the elderly person’s needs months and years forward. To make this possible, there are some major issues you need to consider. Care Before Appearance 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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Take notice of the residents and staff interacting with one another. Do the residents seem happy to be in the home? Depressed? Do the carers treat residents more as adults or more like young children? If something looks or feels wrong to you, this may be an indication that the home lacks staff or the staff lack an understanding of the elderly’s psycho-social needs. To a considerable extent, the manner in which residents are treated by the staff, will determine their quality of life in the home more than any other factor. Rental and Patient Agreement Make sure you read the rental contract or patient agreement thoroughly. 41If you must, take it home with you. Go through the charges and watch out for extra charges. What are included and not included in the care contract? Forget any facility that does not submit a written itemization of their your costs. Another very important matter to look into is how long in advance you are required to inform them about moving your loved one out of the home, just in case it’s necessary. Food and Meals Food is usually one of the few pleasures that residents of geriatric homes can enjoy on a regular 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 talking to the D.O.N., find out about their professional experience and whether or not their philosophy of care is acceptable 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 could be dealing with issues directly involving patient care.