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

Facility Design

  • Do you like the look of the building and its surroundings?
  • Is the floor plan easy to follow?
  • Do wheelchairs and walkers fit in doorways, hallways, and rooms?
  • Are there elevators? Handrails?
  • Are shelves easy to reach?
  • Are carpets secured and floors made of a non-skid material?
  • Is the building well-lit?
  • Are the living spaces clean, odor free, and a comfortable temperature?
  • Is there a 24-hour emergency response system in or near each room?
  • Are bathrooms private? Are they big enough for wheelchairs and walkers?
  • Can residents bring their own furnishings? What may they bring?

Medication and Health Care

  • What is the policy on storing medication and helping residents take it? Can residents take their meds themselves?
  • Who coordinates visits from physical, occupational, or speech therapists?
  • Does a doctor or nurse visit the resident regularly to give checkups?

Social and Recreational Activities

  • Is there an activities program? Is the schedule clearly posted?
  • Do most of the residents at an activity seem to join in?

Food Service

  • How often does the center provide meals? What’s a typical menu? Are there set meal times?
  • Is the food hot and appetizing?
  • Are snacks available?
  • What if residents need special foods?
  • Is it easy to get to drinking water from anywhere in the facility?
  • Are there group dining areas, or do residents eat meals in their rooms?
  • Are there staff who can assist residents who need help with eating?

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on May 31, 2015
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