nursing home

Canadians living in nursing homes feel safe and enjoy interacting with other residents while participating in the variety of outings and activities available. Their families also experience the benefits of nursing home care.

Many don’t have the training or expertise to care for an ageing loved one. They feel relieved knowing their family members are happy and have support 24/7 at a care facility. However, these positive outcomes are only possible with the right nursing home match.

You’ll want a nursing home that offers comfort, safety, and the best care. This article provides a simple seven-step guide to choosing the ideal nursing home. Read on to learn more.

1. Determine Your Needs

Senior care can encompass a range of services. Some seniors, although independent and in good health, may be uncomfortable living alone. They may need meals and help getting to and from appointments.

Others require assistance with daily living activities, including medication management. In contrast, seniors with dementia or other health issues need nursing staff to provide full-time care and emergency aid.

Assess the level of care you or your loved one need. Consider your personal preferences and lifestyle. Discuss this with your family and your healthcare providers. Their input can help you decide which nursing home is best.

2. Research Nursing Homes in Your Area

Online resources and directories can help you find a list of homes in your area. You can also ask your healthcare providers for recommendations.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care grants licences to and regulates long-term care homes. Their website provides information on eligibility and admissions and selecting a home.

Many homes also have websites. You can review their services and get other relevant information. Some even offer virtual online tours. You can also talk to people you know who may have experience with the homes you’re considering.

3. Evaluate Nursing Home Quality

While reviewing nursing home websites, look for testimonials from residents. Find relevant information that allows you to assess staff-to-resident ratio and staff turnover.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information has a searchable national database. It provides comparative data on approximately 1000 nursing homes. There are also independent sites with online reviews of nursing homes.

British Columbia has health authority community care licencing inspection websites. These have a complete list of licenced residential care facilities and associated inspection reports.

Canadian nursing homes need approval and licencing from the Ministry of Long-term Care. National standards for long-term care require accreditation for homes in Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta. However, accreditation is voluntary for homes in Ontario. Ensure the homes you’re considering meet these criteria.

4. Schedule Visits and Interviews

Your research should allow you to create a shortlist of nursing homes.  Arrange for in-person visits. Prepare questions for staff, residents, and families before your scheduled visit. These should assist you in getting information about:

Family support can help residents’ emotional well-being, particularly as they transition to their new home. Accessibility is important as it ensures visiting is easy for your loved ones.

Remember that first impressions count. Observe the facility’s cleanliness, safety, and overall atmosphere.

5. Consider Amenities and Services

Evaluate the quality and variety of meals and dining options. If you have dietary restrictions, ensure the nursing home can facilitate them.

Many nursing homes offer a variety of recreational activities and social events. These may include:

There will also be homes that go the extra mile by providing luxury amenities such as spa treatments, chef-prepared meals, and a private theatre.

However, even with a long list of amenities. They may be over-subscribed. Check the availability before basing your decision on the amenities offered. You should also assess the facility’s ability to accommodate special needs or preferences.

6. Understand Financial Considerations

Costs are usually a major consideration when choosing a nursing home. Residents share the cost of their long-term care with the government.

The Department of Health and Wellness pays for the health care costs. Residents pay a co-payment fee for accommodation, meals, and personal expenses.

Your fees will vary based on whether you’re in a basic, semi-private, or private room. Residents who cannot afford the co-payment can apply for a financial subsidy. They can also explore other government assistance programmes and long-term care insurance options.

7. Make a Decision and Plan for Transition

Steps one to seven may seem easy compared to the decision-making process. It will involve weighing the pros and cons of each nursing home option. Speak with family members when deciding, as they will provide support.

The change can be difficult, but developing a plan can help a resident adjust to the new environment. If you’ve decided on a home for your loved one, consider:

One of the pros of the facility you choose should be the staff’s willingness to help welcome their new resident. You should feel assured that they will be patient as your loved one adjusts to their new life.

The Best Comfort, Safety, and Care for Seniors

Deciding it’s time you or a loved one start living in a nursing home can be agonising. However, taking the time to make an informed decision can help. This involves determining your needs, researching homes, and evaluating their quality.

You should also schedule visits to learn more about the facilities you’re considering. Ensure the amenities and services meet your needs and standards. Before making a decision, understand the financial considerations.

Start the process early and seek support when needed. Many nursing homes will be happy to work with you during the transition. Retirement Concepts is one of them. We pride ourselves on our ‘resident-focused’ approach that ensures we provide our seniors with high-quality care.

Our compassionate and caring staff are ready to work with you. Contact us to speak with one of our Community Relations Managers today!