ing home provides basic health care services,
some facilities serve special needs like wound
care, Alzheimer’s, or the care of tracheotomies.
Some even have specialized medical equipment
to take care of patients on dialysis or
ventilators. If you are being discharged from a
hospital, your physician or discharge planner
can provide you with a list of nursing homes
that can cover your specific health care needs.
Call, Tour & Decide
Start by calling the facilities on your initial list.
Ask to set up a time that you can come by for
a visit and tour the facility. It is a good idea to
find homes close to the patient’s loved ones so
they are able to visit more frequently. Ask family
and friends for recommendations and whether
they have had any personal experience with any
of the homes on your list. From your initial list,
you will be able to narrow the field of choices
down to two or three that you would like to visit.
Touring the nursing home is perhaps the most
important determining factor when evaluating
a facility. Make sure you take along our Nursing
Home “Questions to Ask” Comparison
Worksheet or use our Nursing Home Quick
Tips List if time is short when touring the home
you are considering. Do more than just talk to
the administrator and the admissions director.
Talk to the care staff, if possible, while touring.
Keep your eyes open to both what you see and
what you don’t see happening during the tour.
Even though time is sometimes critically short
for selecting a nursing home, be selective.
paying for Nursing Home Care,
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