Nursing homes can be a temporary site for taking time to heal from an injury or necessary for round the clock care for a person suffering of a long term illness. Whatever it may be, nursing homes are taking care of a loved one and a person deserving of proper treatment and respect. While looking for a place to care for yourself or a loved one can be intimidating, there are ways to find a quality nursing facility.

It can be a difficult situation but it is important to realize that nursing homes are medical facilities, and that there are certain characteristics of a nursing home facility and not an actual family home. There is going to be equipment around, busy nurses, and the occasional strange sight or smell. All of this comes with the territory, but that does not mean that they are not a suitable place for you or your loved one. The care and attention that a nursing home specializes in is invaluable for those that need it.

Food in a Nursing Home

Although the Department of Health and Human Safety has regulations in order to have standards for the quality of food in nursing homes, it is still one of the most complained about aspects in the nursing home industry.  It is important that whoever is staying at the nursing home enjoys the food that is served to them. It is a daily routine that, if they do not like, can make living at the nursing home very difficult.

Ask to see the kitchen. It should be well maintained with minimal mess. It is important to note that the kitchen has to be checked by an Environmental Health Services agent just like any restaurant. You can ask them for their grades, or check the food establishment grades online for Maricopa County Nursing Homes.

Nursing Home Qualifications

Staffing

According to MediCare’s Nurse Compare Quality Measures for staffing, the federal standards for nursing home staffing must be

“… at least one RN for at least 8 straight hours a day, 7 days a week, and either an RN or LPN/LVN on duty 24 hours per day. Certain states may have additional staffing requirements. CNAs provide care to nursing home residents 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The amount of physical therapy service hours depends on the needs of the resident”

 

MediCare.gov also provides a checklist to go over with staff to ensure that your loved one is receiving quality healthcare.

Repertoire with patients

Observe the interactions with patients when touring the facilities. Watch for conversation, or acknowledgement of the patient when in their room. It is important that patients feel seen and understood by those that are taking care of them.

Transparency in Nursing Homes

Transparency and effective communication can help bring peace of mind when you are looking for a proper place for you or your loved one. Finding a cooperative nursing home that is good at engaging in difficult conversations can make all the difference.

When interviewing nursing homes, ask about how they handle any types of incidents and what their report protocol is. These are basic plans that nursing homes should have in hand. This can show you how well thought out and thorough the nursing home is, which brings an added legitimacy to their institution.

It is important that you also feel comfortable voicing your concerns to the staff and receive a productive response that shows their consideration for your wishes for your loved ones.

American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP is an amazing resource for people looking for a nursing home. It provides a multitude of services like insurance, financial, and travel benefits for paying members. Even if you are a nonpaying member, their website also provides tools for finding the right nursing home, like this Caregiving Checklist.

Financing for Your Nursing Home Bills

The average monthly cost in Arizona for a full-time nursing home is ______. This bill can quickly swallow up a loved one’s and their family’s savings if financing options are not discussed. The Arizona Long-Term Care System helps Arizona residents with Assisted Living, Residential Care, In-home Care, Skilled Nursing, and Assisted Living costs. This MediCare Program is used by residents all over the state that would otherwise not be able to afford long-term nursing homes.

How JacksonWhite Can Help

Finding the right nursing home may seem like an insurmountable task when you’re first starting out, but with time, you will be able to understand what you can expect from a nursing home and what the right fit for you and your family is.

Let JacksonWhite help by taking care of the financial aspect when looking for a nursing home. Our social workers and legal work hard together to make sure each client understand their financial options when looking for a nursing home at an affordable price.

Call (602) 218-9483 for a free ALTCS Pre-Screen and find out what you qualify for.