A Family’s Guide to Choosing a Residential Care Home
Searching for the right residential care home for your loved one can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. Of course, you want a home that provides community, care, and safety for your loved one. But it is also important to ensure the facility has a good reputation and can accommodate your loved one’s needs.
When you learn what your aging loved one’s preferences are and combine those with a list of highly qualified options, you will be able to find the perfect match.
3 Steps to Choosing a Residential Care Home
You may not even realize how many options are available for residential care homes. Homes for ages 55 and over can offer independent living with community programs during the day. Other homes offer rehab programs for someone recovering from a fall or stroke.
First narrow down the type of home that will meet your loved one’s needs, then follow these steps to find a residential care home that is a good fit.
1. Look for Reviews of the Care Home
Find online reviews and focus on long-term reviews rather than reading newly created profiles about the residential facility.
2. Ask Friends and Family Members
Draw on the expertise of friends who have had to find a similar living situation for their loved ones. What did they decide? Can they offer any recommendations? Speaking with people you know about their experiences will help you narrow down your options.
3. Visit the Home and Find Answers to Tough Questions
In-home visits are essential for making an informed decision. Look for small details like the upkeep of the place. Are the bathrooms clean? Does the food look thoughtful and healthy? Are the residents engaged and happy? Does the staff know each resident by name?
You can ask questions like:
- What is your process for ensuring correct prescription doses?
- How often do you allow visitors?
- Do you offer organized activities?
Touring the home and asking many questions are great ways to get a sense of the quality of care offered and if it could be the right home for your loved one. At Bonita Springs Healthcare Services, we’re here to help you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
LEARN MORE AND TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OUR RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME: https://www.bonitaspringscare.com/how-we-help/residential-care-home
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