Checklist For Selecting A Care Community

Checklist For Selecting A Care Community

Obtain a list of facilities in your desired location; many are included in this guide. Call the facilities you are interested in first; be prepared to briefly describe the care requirements of the person in need of placement, including such challenging behaviors as wandering, aggressiveness or specific health concerns.

• Read the most recent state survey regarding the facility; this report provides results from the annual licensing inspection conducted by the state’s Department of Health.

• Make an appointment to visit the facility. If you are interested in it, make a second unannounced visit, preferably on a weekend or evening.

• During your appointment ask questions concerning services, costs and special needs you might have.

• Ask to tour the home. Is the environment homelike and pleasing to you?

• Observe the interaction between residents and staff. Does staff respond quickly to calls for assistance?

• Are staff members wearing identification badges?

• Talk with residents and visitors. Is the setting conveniently located to encourage family visits and involvement in care?

Some nursing homes offer additional services, such as outpatient rehabilitation services; temporary, short-term recovery assistance; respite care; assisted living; specialized care units; and hospice services. When considering your options, keep in mind that the most important factors in making a decision are; location, services available and quality of care.

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The Case Management Department, Salem Hospital

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