Part 3 - Selecting a new home in a Skilled Nursing Facility

Personal Note:  When reading about the process of selecting a Skilled Nursing Home Facility (SNF) there is much to know and understand . This article was the most informative in my opinion but combined with the Government Medicare Booklet you have and excellent combination of information to begin with.  My final part to this series will be on Memory Care.

Selecting a new home in a Skilled Nursing Facility

Sometimes the need for a nursing home comes unexpectedly. You or a parent falls or has a serious medical diagnosis and is being discharged from a hospital, but he or she still requires skilled care.

Asking the right questions is key to choosing the best nursing home for your loved one.

Choosing the right home can be difficult. As with any big decision, it pays to do some research.

First, consider the location. It's best for the nursing home to be one that family and friends can visit often. People in nursing homes who have regular visitors usually receive better care.

Also, try to visit a few nursing homes — with your parent and other family members, if possible — so you can make comparisons.

When touring a nursing home, remember to:

  • Observe the activities offered to residents;
  • Taste the food;
  • Visit at least twice;
  • Make one unscheduled stop on the weekend or evening when there may be staffing problems.

Talk to nursing staff to make sure the kind of care your loved one needs is provided. Ask about things such as:

  • Transportation to medical appointments;
  • Physical therapy;
  • Staff with special training for dealing with your parent's condition;
  • Special units, programs or services for special needs, such as dementia.

The following link provide a great guide to assist in choosing a Skilled Nursing Facility.

http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Search/results.asp?PubID=02174&PubLanguage=1&Type=PubID

Article from: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/07/how-to-choose-an-assisted-living-facility/index.htm