How to Choose a Geriatric Home

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Don’t decide on a home just for the needs of today. Find one that will also be able to meet the elderly person’s needs months and years onward. To do this, there are a few major considerations you need to make.

 

Care Before Aesthetics

 

First off, while a geriatric care home should be neat, fresh-smelling and in perfect order, remember that you are ultimately looking for GOOD CARE at medico ao domicilio, not a hotel-like atmosphere.

 

Resident-Staff Interaction

 

Take notice of the residents and staff interacting with one another. Does it look like the residents are happy and satisfied? Sad and withdrawn? Do the caregivers treat the residents as adults or more like kids?

 

If something feels wrong based on your observation, this may be a sign that the home is understaffed, or the staff do not fully understand the psycho-social needs of elderly people. To a significant extent, how the residents are treated by the staff will affect their quality of life in the home more than any other factor could.

 

Rental and Patient Agreement

 

Be sure to read the rental contract or patient agreement very carefully. 41If you must, take it home with you. Go through the charges and watch out for extra charges. What are the inclusions and exclusions in the care contract? Forget about facilities that do not specify their basic and extra rates in writing.  Another very important thing to look into is how long beforehand you need to notify them about your intention to move your loved one out of the facility, just in case you have to.

 

Food and Meals

 

Food is usually one of the few pleasures that geriatric home residents can enjoy on a day to day basis. Bland food or limited food variety can seriously affect the quality of life of an elderly person.

 

State Licensing Inspection Survey

 

No geriatric home will have no violations, but what you need to be wary about are violations directly affecting patient care. On the other hand, if a facility has committed so many simple violations, this can mean there is a great possibility of bigger problems in the offing.

 

Director of Nurses

 

There is a Director of Nurses in every geriatric home, and it is important that you speak to him or her before you decide on a certain 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 tasked to lay down the standards for care in clinica de geriatria. If that person does an excellent job and has gained the support of management (i.e. the Administrator) then you can expect care to be generally good. Otherwise, you could be dealing with issues directly involving patient care.

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