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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Nursing Home

questions to ask when choosing a nursing home

How to choose the best nursing home

Before visiting a nursing home, it’s important to prioritize. Make a list of which kind of care, therapy, amenities, and activities are the most important to your family member. A nursing home should be a safe, happy, and comfortable place to live. Speak to the staff and get as informed as possible before you decide. Here are some examples of questions to ask when choosing a nursing home.

Does the nursing home offer both short-term and long-term care?

Nursing homes can offer three main types of care. These include short-term rehabilitation and a more long-term living solution. Certain nursing homes can also provide respite care. Often as caregivers, it’s important to get support and even take a break from time to time. Respite care means a short-term stay in a nursing home, to give carers the time that they need.

At Hancock Hall, we specialize in short-term rehabilitation, respite care, and provide long-term residency. Before deciding on a nursing home, it’s important to choose which type of care best suits you and your family.

What kind of amenities does the nursing home have?

It’s important to paint a picture of what life at the nursing home will be like. Find out which kind of amenities they can offer. These include indoor and outdoor recreational spaces such as a library and game rooms, gardens, and picnic areas. 

Ask questions about the daily routine as well. What is the food like? What time are meals? Where can residents eat? These are all important details to help you discover a little more about everyday life at the nursing home.

What kind of activities take place at the nursing home?

Residents of a nursing home should be engaged and active as well as comfortable. It’s a good idea to ask what kind of recreational activities take place and decide which ones appeal more to you and your family member. Types of activities often include arts and crafts, parties and events, games and quizzes, exercise, and weekly entertainment.

Take a look at the schedule for activities and find out which ones are more common at your chosen nursing home. See if this aligns with your family member’s hobbies and interests.

What type of therapies are offered?

Seniors often need different types of care and important to choose a nursing home that provides the therapy your family member requires. Therapies can include rehabilitation such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. Massage and relaxation therapies can also be very beneficial.

Many nursing homes also offer courses and activities that promote self-care, safety, and independence. These can include art, cognitive, and social programs. Often nursing homes also provide places of worship, spiritual programs, and celebrate religious holidays and festivities.

Hancock Hall is a family-owned and operated nursing home that has been the safest and best choice for decades, especially now during COVID. Our staff has implemented numerous precautions at Hancock Hall early on to minimize the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak at our facility. Our residents’ and employees’ health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. 

We offer a range of services, therapies, and activities tailored to suit the needs of each individual resident. If you’re looking for a nursing home that truly provides a family atmosphere, find out more today.

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