Posted February 08, 2018 09:13:53When you’re a caregiver, it can be hard to keep up with all the nursing home care options out there.
While you’re there, your carer will be your best friend.
You’ll get to see the nursing homes in person, talk to residents and make sure you’re getting the care you need.
The nursing home field has its pros and cons, but if you want to learn more about the different nursing homes, the Nursing Home Careers Association of America is here to help.
“Nursing homes are a great way to connect with other caregivers who share similar needs, wants and goals,” says Karen B. Riddick, a registered nurse with the nursing center association.
“Nursers need to be able to interact with each other in a way that’s fun and inviting.”
Nursings, hospices and hospice care are all different in some ways, but they all have the same goal: to help your loved one live independently.
“What you’re really looking for is the most efficient and caring nursing home in the community, the closest hospice you can get to, and if you’re going to stay at a nursing center, you want it to be an appropriate home for your loved ones,” says Riddack.
If you’re looking for a nursing care home, there are several options for you to consider.
“A home for people who need help, such as a hospices, will provide an optimal environment to care for your physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs,” says Dr. Beth A. Hennigan, director of the Division of Health Services at New York Presbyterian Medical Center.
“The care will be tailored to your needs.”
The first thing you need to know about nursing homes is that they’re not your typical hospice.
“Some nursing homes are very small, and they have very limited services, such a hospiced home, or the nursing house for people with dementia,” says A.G. Stutz, vice president of research at the nursing care providers association.
But these facilities are often staffed by people with special needs.
“If you have someone with a disability or intellectual disability who has a chronic illness, you will see them in the facility as well,” says Stutz.
If you have a physical disability, you may be referred to a physical therapist, physical therapist associate or occupational therapist, and/or a registered dietitian, says Stutz.
“They’ll have your specific needs covered, whether it’s physical or emotional.”
Some nursing home options also allow people with disabilities to have a home where they can get treatment.
“In general, they’re much more comfortable in a home setting,” says Hennigans.
“It’s about being in a community setting with other people and being able to be present, with the caregiver,” she says.
“Sometimes the people who are most physically and emotionally supported are the people with the least access to a place where they feel safe to be.”
As you’re making the decision between a hospitable home or a nursing facility, make sure to research the health benefits and benefits of a home first.
If it’s the nursing facility that’s right for you, you’ll want to know the best nursing home providers and services in your community, says Rennick.
“You’re looking at all the things that come together to make a home for someone who needs that kind of support,” she adds.
“A lot of nursing homes do offer programs for people like people with intellectual disabilities,” says B.R.R., president of the National Association of Registered Nursing Homes.
“I think there are many programs that are geared towards those with disabilities.”
If you do decide to go to a nursing facilities, it’s important to make sure that you’ve taken into account your mental health needs, says Ahern.
“We recommend a mental health screening, and we have a wellness program,” she explains.
If that’s not the case, you might need to see a certified nursing counselor, or you can seek out a home specialist, she adds, “depending on your needs and the kind of care you’re receiving.”
“The first time you go into a nursing residence, you should have a full mental health evaluation,” says C.A.B. of the Nursing Facilities Association of New York.
“That’s how they know whether or not you’re healthy,” she said.
“Before you enter the nursing residence you have to take a mental wellness assessment.”
You’ll also need to make an appointment with a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, says Cappella of the Association of Physical Therapists and Allied Professionals.
This is a one-on-one physical therapy appointment, so you don’t have to be alone.
You can also take a walk-in exam, says NRC.
“And you’ll get a physical exam before you go in, and the physical therapist will take that and give you a referral