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How to Choose a Geriatric Home Don’t decide on a home just for the needs of today. Look for one that can also satisfy the elderly person’s needs months and years forward. This is possible if you consider a few key issues before making a decision. Care Before Looks First and foremost, though a geriatric care home needs to be neat and clean and fresh, keep in mind that GOOD CARE is what you are ultimately looking for, not a stunning, hotel-like atmosphere.
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Observe interactions between residents and staff. Does it look like the residents are happy and satisfied? Sad and withdrawn? Do the carers treat residents more as adults or more like young children? If something doesn’t feel right based on what you have observed, either the home is understaffed or the people who run it have no real understanding the psycho-social needs of the elderly. To a considerable extent, the manner in which residents are treated by the staff, will determine their quality of life in the home more than any other factor. Rental and Patient Agreement Be sure to read the rental contract or patient agreement very carefully. 41Take it home if needed. Go through the charges and watch out for extra charges. What items will not be covered in the contract? Skip any facility that will not itemize your costs in written form. 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 typically one of the few sources of pleasure for geriatric home residents on an everyday basis. Bland food or limited food variety can seriously affect the quality of life of an elderly person. State Licensing Inspection Survey All geriatric homes have violations, but what you should look out for in the survey are violations that boil down to negligent 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 Geriatric homes will have a Director of Nurses, and it important that you talk to him or her before deciding on the particular facility. When speaking to the D.O.N., ask about their experience in that position and see if their philosophy of care is agreeable to you. The D.O.N. is tasked to lay down the standards for care in a facility. If that person is excellent at their job and has the management’s backing (i.e. the Administrator), then care is most probably good. Otherwise, you are more likely dealing with a facility with real care-related problems.