Questions to Ask When Choosing a Nursing Home

Choosing the right nursing home for your parents or a loved one can be complicated, challenging, and emotional. Chances are, one day you'll face this decision for yourself or a loved one. A study from September 2017 reports that more than half of senior adults will stay in a nursing home for at least one night. Of course in some situations, residents stay much longer. Here are some things to consider when choosing the best nursing home for your family:

Is the location convenient?

As your parents or loved one embark on the transition into a skilled nursing facility, be it for a short- or long-term, you will want to be close by. It's important to be realistic about the convenience of facility that you choose and remember that lengthy drives will create a barrier to continuing those relationships between residents and their friends or family still living at home.

What is staff turnover like?

A stable staff is a good sign. If the work environment is happy and healthy, the living environment for residents is more likely to be positive as well. In addition, low staff turnover provides a team of caregivers with experience that you can trust. Residents & staff become like family, with staff able to easily anticipate their needs and residents left with a better sense of trust and security.

What are meals like? Can residents eat whenever they want?

As we all know in South Louisiana, food is a serious business! And nothing is apt to make you feel farther from home than poor meal choices. Don't be afraid to ask what types of meals residents are served, and if they are able to have a bit of flexibility in their dietary routine.

What kind of activities or transportation is available?

A new life begins at Camelot, even if it is a different life than the ones our residents were accustomed to before staying with us. We provide a wide range of daily activities for our residents to enjoy--from bingo to live music, parties, shopping trips, and more! All facilities provide transportation to and from doctor's visits, so you don't have to leave your long-time healthcare providers.

How do you handle personal care needs?

Learn about how we avoid bed sores by frequently changing the resident's position. Ask questions about how our nursing staff maintains proper sanitation & personal hygiene to avoid infection. In cases of residents with greater dependence, what activities of daily living like grooming and self-care do we assist with? When you walk into one of our facilities, you'll be greeted with a pleasant smelling atmosphere and clean, neat rooms.

What types of care are offered here?

There are different type of senior care facilities, depending on the length of stay and range of independence. Assisted Living facilities are for mobile & moderately independent seniors, and provide apartment-style housing with community style social engagement, and provide support services as needed. A skilled nursing facility is perfect for short-term residents that require rehabilitation, therapy, or specialized care following a hospital stay or illness to assist the resident in transition back into their home. Finally, a continuous care facility (or Nursing Home) gather all levels of care onto one property to offer around-the-clock care to long term residents.

If you are seeking answers to your questions about what facility would be the best for yourself, your parents, or a loved one the compassionate admissions team at Camelot Senior Living is here to assist you. Please give us a call or schedule a tour online for a personalized tour.