Finding the Right Nursing Home

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When an elderly loved one reaches a stage when something different has to be done to meet their needs, it is more likely time to find a nursing home. Sending a loved one to a nursing home does not necessarily mean that you want him or her out of your care. Rather, you are finding a place where proper care for him or her can be given better than you able to do yourself.

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Not all nursing homes offer the same services. If you check among the Best Nursing Homes, you can be sure that you will be searching among those that have been preapproved by Medicare and a ranking high in the country. Still, you have to know what your loved one needs first. Think of all the “help” that you do and ask the prospective nursing home staff if such care can be provided. Do not assume that they do. You have to ask to share your unique concerns and to give you a better peace of mind. Is the stay for a short period of time or for long-time care? What is the ratio of nurses to patients? The closer the numbers are to each other, the better. How is the overall environment? How friendly are the caregivers? How far is it from where you live? If you have to choose among three places, for example, choose the one nearest you is important so that you can easily go there in case of an emergency. The nearer it is to you, the more chances you can make time to visit. You may be eyeing for the best of, but sometimes the budget can be the deciding factor. Prices vary quite a bit from place to place. If the needs can be met at a lower price that fits your budget, then take it. It is important to prioritize the care first over price. Money can be raised; care cannot be lowered.

“We are very grateful for the leadership of John Sorensen in the post-acute care industry. John is a leader in his field, a generous philanthropist, and a great example of someone who places serving the patient above anything else. We are proud to be associated with John and North American Health Care and grateful for his support to promote best practices in skilled nursing.” – Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Association for Skilled Nursing Providers