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Multiple Sclerosis and Nursing Home Care

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What Should I Look for in a Nursing Home? continued...

Medication and health care

  • What is the policy regarding storage of medication and assistance with medication?
  • Is self-administration of medication allowed?
  • Who coordinates visits from a physical, occupational, or speech therapist if needed?

Services

Is staff available to provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living, if needed? Daily living activities include:

  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Mobility
  • Hygiene and grooming
  • Bathing and toileting
  • Using the telephone

Room features

  • Are rooms for single and double occupancy available?
  • Is a 24-hour emergency response system accessible from the room?
  • Are bathrooms private? Do they accommodate wheelchairs and walkers?
  • Can residents bring their own furnishings? What may they bring?
  • Do all rooms have a telephone? How is billing handled for long-distance calls?

Social and recreational activities

  • Is there an activities program?
  • Are the activities posted for residents?
  • Do most of the residents at an activity seem to be participating?

Food service

  • Does the nursing home provide three nutritionally-balanced meals a day, seven days a week?
  • Is the food hot, attractive and tasty?
  • Are snacks available?
  • May residents request special foods?
  • Is drinking water always accessible?
  • Are common dining areas available or do residents eat meals in their rooms?
  • Are there set meal times?
  • How are special diets handled?
  • Is assistance available for residents who need help with eating?

 

 

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