how to Select a Nursing Home
|A gazebo provides a gathering point on the Hopkinton Town Common/Photo by Douglas Flynn
Selecting a nursing home for your loved one is a challenging and somewhat daunting responsibility. Emotionally, you may feel overwhelmed trying to select what will likely be your loved one’s last residence. You may also feel guilty moving them from the familiar surroundings of their current home. Try to remember you’re doing the best you can for your loved one and want them to have an appropriate and safe level of care.
Many areas offer a wide choice of nursing homes. However, knowing what services are important and the quality of how they’re delivered is more difficult to ascertain. If your loved one is willing and able to share with you what their needs and concerns are, you’ll be fortunate. Often, our loved ones don’t want to live in a nursing home, are too incapacitated to voice their needs or are placed in a home as a result of an emergency situation.