There has never been a better time to grow older. Today we are living longer, have access to advanced medical care, and can choose from a wealth of retirement and residential options. The wide variety of retirement living options had led to an explosion in the use of these facilities. Nearly ten percent of older adults receive care at one of these communities. But is a nursing home center right for your long-term care of that of a loved one?
The History of Nursing Home Centers
A faith-led movement in the nineteenth century led to the advent of the modern nursing home. Prior to this, many of the elderly who needed assistance had to rely on their children or other family members to take care of them. Those whose children were unwilling or unable to care for them, and who did not have the financial resources to hire someone to care for them, often sought care at an almshouse. Upset at the conditions of many almshouses, women’s church groups began to create homes exclusively to care for the elderly who could no longer safely care for themselves. Today there is more choice than ever in nursing homes centers for the elderly.
Nursing Homes Centers vs. Assisted Living Centers
We have discussed the differences between nursing home centers and assisted living facilities before, but if you have any doubt about your needs or those of a family member, consider having a geriatric assessment. This assessment should be performed by a doctor with geriatric training. The most important part of this evaluation will be in assessing you or your loved one’s ability to perform daily living activities. In many cases, an assisted living facility may be the answer. But as you or your loved one’s ability to care for themselves – physically or mentally – declines, the likelihood of nursing home care will increase.
What to Look for in a Nursing Home Center
The more information you can gather before making your choice on the right nursing home center, the better. First, begin by asking friends and physicians for referrals. Educate yourself on the choices in your area, as distance will be a factor in choosing the right nursing home for yourself in the future or for a loved one today. Many nursing home centers also specialize in different areas. Look for homes that have expertise in treating those with ailments that you or your loved one has, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or stroke. Review this nursing home checklist during your tour of the facility.