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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?

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