When searching for senior home care, what are the most important things to consider?
It’s wise to check the state survey results. You can usually see them online. Also, you can stop by at different times of day and evening unannounced. Ask when was their last state inspection and what were they cited.
Notice the smells, atmosphere, and residents’ behaviour. Check if you smell urine or worse? Are the residents generally clean? How many residents are at capacity, and are the staff friendly? What is the staff to resident ratio? Ask how do they handle combative patients?
What training do the CNAs receive if in a specialty unit?
Do they monitor BP’sBP’s and BM’sBM’s, and how many times a month is 911 called. Ask if you are allowed to visit anytime?
And last, are they opposed to cameras in your loved ones’ room? Do they report to the family the sexual activity of their loved one, or do they consider that a resident rights issue?