Caring for an aging parent can be a challenge, and there is often a point when he or she may receive better care by living in a nursing home. When faced with this decision, you may wonder how to choose the right place for your loved one.
According to the AARP, there are about 15,600 nursing homes nationwide. Choosing the one that is ideal for your parent requires research and planning, preferably well before it is time to move him or her in.
Ask trusted friends for suggestions
Unless you have already dealt with the world of nursing homes, you likely are not sure what to look for. If you know anyone who has helped a loved one choose a long-term care facility, ask them for advice. They may be able to recommend a nursing home.
Plan in-person visits, when possible
With so many options in Washington to choose from, it is important to narrow down your search by making in-person visits to those facilities that you are considering. This gives you a chance to get a feel for the atmosphere, including the cleanliness of the facility as well as how the residents look. If they seem unkempt, that is a clue that the facility may be short-staffed.
Contact your local long-term care ombudsman
Washington state has a long-term care ombudsman program designed to help advocate for the rights and care of seniors in long-term care facilities. You can contact your local ombudsman to find out which nursing homes meet the state’s standards.
When it comes to nursing home choice, it is essential to take the time to find the right fit for your aging parents.