Multiple Sclerosis and Nursing Home Care
What Should I Look for in a Nursing Home? continued...
- 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?
- 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?
Richard Senelick, MD on May 31, 2015
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