Multiple Sclerosis and Nursing Home Care
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?
Is staff available to provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living, if needed? Daily living activities include:
- Hygiene and grooming
- Bathing and toileting
- Using the telephone
- 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?
- 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?
Richard Senelick, MD on August 31, 2012
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