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What factors matter when placing a loved one in a nursing home?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse

The whole family might need to discuss the decision to move an older adult into a nursing home. Often, aging adults would prefer to stay home if possible. The family could very well end up fighting over whether a move is necessary and how to handle an older adult’s support needs.

When no one in the family is personally capable of committing to meeting an older adult’s daily support needs, the family may need to accept that the support of a professional care facility is likely necessary.

What factors matter the most when selecting a nursing home for an aging family member?

Location is incredibly important

Choosing the right nursing home often means thinking carefully about who may visit that adult once they move into the nursing home. Older adults who regularly receive visits from family members generally have a better chance of receiving a decent standard of care than those who go weeks between visits. Nursing home workers who realize that family members could stop by at any time may be more proactive about meeting the care needs of a resident. Choosing a facility where family members can easily stop for a visit is often a smart decision.

Support and amenities also matter

Not all nursing homes provide the same types of support for older adults. Some nursing homes offer only limited functional support for older adults. Other facilities provide assistance with everything from taking daily medication to personal hygiene habits. Choosing a facility that offers the right degree of support can be important. Additionally, families need to consider the amenities and social opportunities for older adults. A facility that offers numerous types of enrichment and social activities can provide a higher standard of living than a facility where residents have very few opportunities to participate in activities or outings.

After reviewing the theoretical offering listed in brochures or on websites, family members may want to arrange to physically visit nursing homes. An in-person visit can provide a better understanding of daily life there and whether workers at a facility actually provide the type of care that the website claims is available.

At the end of the day, helping to select the right nursing home can make a major difference for those worried about the well-being of a vulnerable older family member.