What to look for in a nursing home: Five things to note - The Worcester Observer

What to look for in a nursing home: Five things to note

Correspondent 23rd Jan, 2024   0

There will come a time in many people’s lives where a decision needs to be made about our elderly loved ones. Whether it be old age creeping up on them, conditions such as dementia, mobility issues or any other part of their life that needs more significant care, the decision around whether to take care yourself or seek out a nursing home can be a tricky one.

Often, Residential Care Homes for elderly people provide the answer and there are a wealth of options across the West Midlands. But what exactly should you look for in a nursing home?

Finding the right home for your loved one can be key, taking into account various aspects to ensure they’ll settle quickly, live there comfortably and, most importantly, enjoy being there. If it’s a decision that you may have to make soon, here are five things to note when looking for a nursing home…

The approach to care quality

Naturally, the quality of care provided to residents is of huge importance and one of the key things you should look out for. You want to find a care home that prioritises a person-centred approach, tailoring care to each individual’s needs.

That’s from the daily routine to the medican needs and personal preferences around the likes of social interaction and activities enjoyed each day.

You can get a good understanding of this by speaking to current residents and families, as well as the overall vibe from the staff in the home. What’s more, looking online at reviews can also be helpful.

Explore staffing levels and training

It’s always a good idea to look at staffing levels and the ratios of staff to residents. Alongside this, ask about the qualifications of staff and the caregiving team. You’ll find that the quality of care will be much better in nursing homes where the staff are well-trained and highly experienced, while registered nurses will ensure that each resident gets comprehensive care.

Is the home safe and accessible?

The environment will also play its part, so keep an eye on the cleanliness of a home, as well as things like the layout and accessibility. Communal areas should be well-maintained, while there should be additional safety features throughout, such as non-slip flooring and handrails. Alongside this, a good care home will have measures in place to prevent accidents and respond to any emergencies swiftly. Essentially, you want it to be comfortable and safe for your loved one to live in.

What social and recreational activities are available?

An important part of life in a care home is the activities and social engagement on offer. If your elderly loved one is a social creature, then you want to find the homes that provide a vibrant social environment. Many do these days, with care groups like Valorum getting a really good reputation as a result of this.

Look for homes that consider the interests of residents and build their activities around that. Crafting and hobbies like that are always popular, while you may also find they offer exercise classes such as yoga to help improve mobility and mental health as well as enjoyment.

Do they encourage families to get involved?

Finally, a home should be encouraging the involvement of residents and their families when it comes to a person’s care plan and the processes around it. Open communication is so valuable in meeting an individual’s needs, as well as breeding confidence in the care they are receiving.

It creates a much better and more welcoming atmosphere and that’s vital for anyone looking for a home to give their loved one the care they deserve.

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