When our loved ones reach an age where they are going to need more help than you can offer, it might be time to find a care home for them. But how do you make this decision? Where do you pay attention to and what is the most important thing in order to choose? To help you, we made a list of points to consider!
The most important thing is to inform at every care home of your interest. Visit multiple care homes and make a list of pros and cons; every care home is different, and it has to be comfortable. When you visit a care home, ask what activities are arranged and pay attention to the whole atmosphere.
Large – or small-scale
In a small-scale care home, a permanent team of nurses take care of a small group, mostly six to eight residents. Next to that, a small-scale care home often comes with a common living room. The aim at these kinds of nursing homes is to make the resident feel most at home. The residents and nurses do groceries together, as well cook, eating dinner and washing the dishes. Besides that, in a lot of small-scale care homes, pets are allowed.
In most large-scale nursing homes, more people with dementia live together. They have their own bed- and bathroom. Besides that, this type of care home often comes with a common eating room and a separate space for activities.
It may not be of big value, but when you visit a care home, pay attention to the decoration and the common rooms. It is important for the resident to feel pleasant and at home. However, don’t let everything depend on this point of consideration: a good and comfortable care home not necessarily has to perfectly designed. Though it could be important to see if there are enough gadgets in the room, such as a nurse-call system.
On the first visit, you might want to pay attention to the relationships between nurses and residents. The staff is present every day and will have to support the resident in everything. A good first impression could be an important factor in your consideration.
In many cases, extra costs while subscribing for a care home are inevitable. Think about costs for washed clothes, extra day activities or a glass of wine on a Friday afternoon. Make sure everything about this is clear for you and ask about it, so no confusions will arise.
In some care homes, residents are changed only twice a day, in the morning and again in the evening. Elderly that are able to visit the bathroom on their own, sometimes still need some support. Even the times a resident gets a shower depends on the care home.
Caregivers and family
What does the division of tasks between caregivers and nurses in the care home of your choice look like? Rides to visit a doctor or hospital are often still done by caregivers. Ask who has what role in every care home you visit, to have a clear image. If caregivers and family still play a big part in the life of the resident, it may be a good idea to keep them close. Having family close to the nursing home can give the resident a comfortable feeling. Take the distance between the care home and the current living area of the resident therefor into consideration.
Start looking for a care home as soon as possible. Elderly are often months on a waiting list. Don’t wait until someone is completely depending on the care of others. Especially the nursing homes that have good recommendations often have long waiting lists.