If your loved one is suffering from a critical disease like cancer or the end stages of lung disease, liver disease, heart disease or Alzheimer’s, you may find that you’re just not able to provide the care that he or she requires on your own. Trying to keep your loved one in your home or in their home could actually prove dangerous if there is not enough support in place, which is why so many people turn to nursing homes to provide care for critical diseases.
What Is a Nursing Home?
A nursing home is a long-term care facility where elderly people and others who can no longer care for themselves on their own live. The nursing home is staffed with nurses and trained caregivers. Many facilities have private rooms for residents, while others have group rooms where residents live with one or more roommates or even with their spouses. While there are other types of long-term care facilities, such as assisted living facilities and personal care homes, nursing homes are typically the type that is best for individuals with critical diseases.
What Services Are Provided in Nursing Homes?
While services vary from nursing home to nursing home, most provide:
- Room and board for residents
- Assistance with taking all types of medications
- Help with daily living tasks like bathing, dressing, toileting, eating and grooming
- 24-hour care in case of an emergency
- Activities like social events, clubs, groups, entertainment and recreation
What to Look for When Comparing Nursing Homes
When you begin to visit nursing homes to find the right place to care for your loved one with a critical disease, you should look for the following:
Condition– You want to make sure that the nursing home you choose is clean and well kept. Look for one that is pleasant and has a feeling more like a home than a hospital. It’s also important to find one that is safely designed. If your loved one is still mobile, make sure there are safety features, like ramps instead of stairs and grab bars around the toilet and tub.
Food– Make sure you stop by the nursing home during mealtime to check out the food. If your loved one has to follow a special diet, ask how they will accommodate his or her dietary needs.
Services Provided– Exactly what will you be getting for your money if you choose that particular nursing home? Ask about what types of activities and recreation are offered.
Experience – You want to choose a facility that has experience helping people with the condition that your loved one has. Ask how many residents at the facility currently have the disease. If no one does, ask when the last time was that they cared for a person with the condition and how many patients they have cared for with the condition over the last 2 years.
Taking the time to carefully compare nursing homes can help you to make an informed decision and choose the best one to care for your loved one as he or she deals with a critical disease.