When choosing nursing homes, we face doubts, mistrust, and dilemmas.
Important things to take into consideration
a) The proximity of the nursing home to a family member’s home is not a minor issue. The possibility of control of older adults hierarchizes their well-being.
Living near a nursing home is of vital importance since it facilitates the affective and existential continence of the hospitalized person. Observe the care, painting, maintenance of the facilities, ask for municipal, sanitary permits, etc.
b) Find out about the culture of that nursing home, the number of years of operation, inquire if it’s a family business. Find out if they are passionate about the service they provide, or if it’s just a business.
c) Investigate their economic solvency; In these times one wishes that the nursing home does not close or at least there is a good projected future.
Talk with the owners of the Institution. It is not good for any older adult to change nursing home every two to three. Long-term security and tranquillity are needed.
d) The presentation of the stable staff: cooks, nurses, caregivers must be neat, also take into account that the treatment is not authoritarian. Ask our relative boarding school if he is assaulted or if something bothers him in relation to this.
e) Ideally, there are doctors, psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Nutritionists and, if possible, Social Workers. Also, make sure they have proper aged care supplies and equipment.
f) It refers to whether our family member or acquaintance will be contained not only by professionals but that they integrate a humanized group from which they obtain love, information and learning.
g) Inquire if there is good judgment in purchases of merchandise and supplies necessary to carry the hospitalization.
The older adult travels the path of revalidation of their existing condition.
Affection and regular family visits strengthen your relationship.
The important thing is to try to reduce the risk of life, that is, to help them live their last years well.
How to make the decision
Deciding the place of geriatric hospitalization, in itself, is not an easy task. Like any decision of importance to take in life, we must make a thorough evaluation, taking into account a series of factors that will make the result we reach favourable or not.
To begin, we could organize our search by classifying the different types of nursing homes.
Open-door nursing homes:
In these institutions, the guest has the facility to enter or leave them as they please and maintain life or social activity similar to the one that could take place prior to hospitalization, but with the convenience of a place of permanent care and care. In general, these homes are chosen by self-validated people, accustomed to walking around the neighbourhood, to social contact, or patients who do not require assistance to drive on the street.
Generally, institutions of this style usually have an important number of recreational and social activities that favour the comfort and integration of the boarding school to the place of residence and in many cases also the area of influence. We could equate this type of establishment to a hotel, as we all know them, but where medical care will prevail over the hotel itself.
Closed-door nursing homes:
This type of establishment is conditioned so that whoever lives there can feel absolutely free and comfortable in their daily lives, but without having access to the exits, unless they are made in the company of the family. They are places where the patient with problems of Senile Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Arteriosclerosis, and similar pathologies is protected from the “dangers” of street driving, confusion regarding money, etc.
Day home / Nursery:
This class of establishments is often a stage prior to the usual geriatric hospitalization and also the solution to the problems generated by having to leave our elderly to the care of a stranger in our home while our work and daily activities force us to absent ourselves. from home for long hours.
In general, these homes provide the same services as any nursing home, including both open and closed doors. The elderly stay here on schedule to be agreed between institution and family. We can even find institutions with transfer service that will pick up our relatives at the agreed time and will return them to their homes for the night rest.