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Finding the Right Geriatric Home Don’t pick a geriatric home only for today’s needs. Look for one that can also satisfy the elderly person’s needs months and years forward. To do this, there are a few major considerations you need to make. 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? Depressed? Do the carers treat residents more as adults or more like young children? 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 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 Make sure you read the rental contract or patient agreement thoroughly. 41Bring it home with you if you must. Go through the charges and watch out for extra charges. What are the inclusions and exclusions 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 typically one of the few sources of pleasure for geriatric home residents on an everyday basis. If the food in the facility is bland or lacks variety, an elderly person’s quality of life can be seriously affected. 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 so many simple or even trivial violations, this can be a sign of potentially bigger problems to come. 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. It is the D.O.N. who sets 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.