Everyone wants to find the best environment for their family members to enjoy life in their golden years. But what are all the facets that create the best nursing home?
Many people faced with the decision to seek a place in a nursing home for their loved ones don’t know where to begin. It’s always a rough time in a family’s life to acknowledge the inevitable and recognise their elders are not as strong or capable as they once were. If the elders are in denial about their needs, it can be even harder for everyone in the family.
Basic Daily Needs Are Not Enough
A lot of families start by simply listing the everyday needs that should be provided by the best nursing homes. And once they have their list, they tour the available nursing homes in the area to look into the quality of those items. Things like a bright and airy room, good food, a place to walk and exercise, and round-the-clock nursing and medical care are some of the items that typically show up on these lists.
But look at that list. It isn’t addressing the larger picture. Those items would be just as appropriate for a beloved pet being housed in a kennel while the family takes a holiday. Your loved one is an intelligent, vital, and loving human being who has been a part of your life for as long as you can remember.
The first item you should be putting on your list should be ‘compassion.’ Your elderly family member needs a living environment staffed with compassionate professional caregivers who understand your family member has lived a quality life and is loved by many people. They need to be treated the same as the caregiver would wish to be treated.
The best nursing home hires staff who are compassionate combinations of caregivers, guardians and enablers. Their primary mission is as a caregiver of the residents, providing for all their day-to-day needs and always treating them with dignity and respect.
But they also act as guardians to protect the residents from the everyday risks of aging. Ensuring their room is set up with everything in easy reach, making sure they eat well and regularly, and making it easier for them to negotiate the common areas and grounds are some of the guardian aspects the best nursing homes provide.
Probably the most important facet of the best nursing homes in the eyes of the residents is their roles as enablers. The residents are all adults who have passions, hobbies and pastimes they still love to pursue. The nursing home should encourage them in their pursuits and enable them to be happy doing the things they love.
Change of Lifestyle
The move to a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for the whole family. It’s a dramatic change in lifestyle for the elderly family member, and other family members can feel guilty about the necessary change. The best nursing homes understand this.
If you’re considering a nursing home placement for your loved one, contact Metro Eldercare for advice and to answer any of your concerns.