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Finding the Right Geriatric Home Don’t pick a geriatric home only for today’s needs. Find one that can also meet the elderly person’s needs months or years down the line. This is possible if you consider a few key issues before making a decision. Care Before Appearance 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? Depressed? Are they treated by residents more as grownups or as children? If something looks or feels wrong to you, this may be an indication that the home lacks staff or the staff lack an understanding of the elderly’s psycho-social needs. To a huge extent, how the staff treat the residents will affect their quality of life in the home more than anything else. Rental and Patient Agreement Be sure to read the rental contract or patient agreement very carefully. 41Bring it home with you if you must. Go through the charges and watch out for extra charges. What are included and not included in the care contract? Skip any facility that will not itemize your costs in written form. Another very important matter to look into is how long in advance you are required to inform them about moving your loved one out of the home, just in case it’s necessary. 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 Each geriatric home will have some violations, but what you should be concerned about are those that indicate poor patient care. On the other hand, if a facility has so many simple or even trivial violations, this can be a sign of potentially bigger problems to come. 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 you speak to the D.O.N., see if their philosophy of care is agreeable to you, and know how long that person has been working in that position. The D.O.N. is tasked to lay down the standards for care in a facility. If that professional is good at their job and has the support of management, then care must good in that home. Otherwise, you are more likely dealing with a facility with real care-related problems.