Do your research before choosing a nursing home for your loved one

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 17th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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With the stories of abuse surfacing on the internet, it is important that people carefully check out the nursing homes where they will place their loved ones in their latter years.

Abuse in Nursing Homes

Montrealers are more concerned than ever with the recent broadcast of abuse in nursing homes. We love our loved ones; they are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and, uncles, aunts, and family members who have given us so much during the years.

Inspect the premises

There are many reasons for putting someone in a nursing home. Sometimes family are at odds with the decision; so there is already tension within the family. The last thing Montrealers want, is to have to worry about the physical and emotional welfare of their loved ones in a nursing home.

If you are a Montrealer who has a loved one confined to a nursing home here are so tips you can follow to make sure you have chosen a good nursing home and you can put your mind at ease.

Take a good look at the premises
; don’t just go on a planned tour where the facility will take you where they want to. Look at the grounds, the size of the bedrooms, the showers, the bathtubs, ask if there is monitoring for bathing times, especially if the bathtubs are high. Is there a recreation room, what kind of therapy or social activities are provided if any is provided. Do the patients have social time and alone time. Look in areas that may be hazardous or dirty like the kitchen or garbage area.

Look out for your loved one's best interest

Going hand in hand with this inspection ask to see other floors not just the floor your loved one will be on. It is possible the facility may only show you the best floor, or the floor that is cleanest or the floor with low maintenance or elderly residents. You want to make sure you get an idea of who all the residents are and how they act and are treated.

Will your family member be in a room alone or with another person? Is this person agreeable or aggressive? Even if the person is verbally aggressive if your loved one is timid this may not be a good fit. Ask to have a different roommate if this should be the case.

Visit the home or facility at odd hours to catch them off guard. Are the residents eating properly, if you loved one has trouble eating will someone help feed him or her? Are the meals good?

Is the staff happy working there; an unhappy staff can lead to abuse.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Jiangliu1949
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Your article refers to each and every aspects of how to choose a nursing home ,which does us a lot of good .

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author avatar Retired
18th Nov 2015 (#)

I totally agree with all the points you make Carol. One must conduct a careful research before sending his loved ones to a proper nursery home...abuse and neglect are common, sadly.

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