When older relatives begin to lose their faculties or ability to manage living on their own, it may be for time to consider living in a place where someone can provide them with the care they need.
Ideally, this would be with family, but not all families have the time to provide the degree of care necessitated by some conditions of aging. While this is certainly a small tragedy as most families would prefer to stick together, it is often in everyone’s best interests to have the elderly relative live in an assisted living facility.
There are many nursing homes and some of them are significantly better than others. In order to determine if a nursing home is the right place for your aging loved one, there are many factors to consider.
One of the most important is the overall level of happiness in the facility. Do the residents seem bored or unstimulated? Is the staff friendly? Do the residents seem to like them? If the environment is healthy, then it is likely that your loved one will enjoy his or her time at the facility. A few other things to have in mind include how the food is and whether or not you are allowed to visit unannounced. This last one is crucial because if visitors are required to schedule their visits, it is a clear indication that the nursing home might have something to hide.
It may seem shocking, but the physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse of nursing home residents is a rampant problem in the health care facility industry. The last thing in the world you want to happen to your aged loved one is for them to spend their last years on this earth in suffering, so be sure to take the decision of where he or she will live with the weight it deserves.