By Andrew Stratton Submitted On January 12, 2016
When considering the next step in care for your loved one, you have many options. Some older family members are able to stay comfortably in their own homes as long as they have assistance from a home care provider. Sadly, not all are able to do so and need round the clock supervision. Sending your loved one to live in one of the local nursing homes can be a difficult decision. However, there are some steps you can take to make the transition easier.
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Selecting a Nursing Home in Cleveland, Ohio Requires Due Diligence
By C. Meyman
The state of Ohio recently released a new consumer guide to assist residents in choosing a long-term care facility or nursing home for themselves or their loved ones. According to Cleveland.com, the guide is designed to save individuals who are shopping around for an option in Cleveland and elsewhere in the state “time, trouble and money.”
On what criteria did Ohio base these rankings? Some of the factors that went into the evaluations were “how tasty the food is at a particular nursing home,” whether those individuals … Read the rest
U.S. News & World Report today released its fifth annual Best Nursing Homes ratings, highlighting the top nursing homes in each state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. The ratings cover more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide and are freely available at http://www.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.
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A friend once told me that her mother’s health was deteriorating rapidly and that her family was considering placing her mother in a nursing home. I remember that several of their questions and concerns needed addressing before they made the decision: How to find out what is available? Do all homes offer the same level of care? Can her mother’s nursing home care be subsidized in any way? Is it true that nursing homes are little more than dumping grounds for older people? What rights does a resident have in a nursing home?
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If you have an elderly relative such as a parent who needs to go to a nursing home, you’ll want to choose the facility with care. Not all care facilities are created equally and since this will be your mom’s, dad’s, or aunt’s new residence, you’ll want to make sure it’s a top quality place. You’ll want to carefully check out the staff, the place’s reputation, and the amenities that are offered. It’s wise to ask around to get word-of-mouth referrals, check for complaints with your local licensing agency, and take tours.
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5 Myths You Should Know Before Choosing Elder Care
by: Phyllis Staff, Ph.D.
Myths associated with selecting quality nursing home care suggest quick and easy ways to identify quality care. In fact, relying on these myths can lead to disastrous results. I have identified a few of the most common myths in hopes of helping you avoid some of the problems commonly found in many nursing homes.
1. The Smell Test
You’ve heard it repeatedly: “The best way to determine the quality of care a nursing home provides is to be alert to bad odors when you visit the home.”… Read the rest
By Sarah Dowling
I did not know how much my mom had deteriorated until my dad went into the hospital. Mom had seemed forgetful for awhile, but when dad was suddenly hospitalized one evening I learned that Mom’s problem was more than just a little forgetfulness. I went down to stay with her and for the first week dad was sick, I thought that she was just sad and frazzled because he was not around. However, when he passed away the next week, I learned that she had been relying on my dad to remember everything for years — even … Read the rest