In trying to mitigate the negative effects, terrible conditions of the nursing homes and provide proper nutrition for the elderly, the major obstacle is the finances. Without the support of the state and well-wishers to offer better living conditions in such homes and ensure that they are well staffed, the problem is likely to escalate and even become worse.
A major cut down on the budget financing by the state of California towards the elderly was seen as a move that would save the state $111 million as depicted by Medical News Today. On the other hand, this was to negatively impact about 1100 residents of the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa who are dependent beneficiaries of the program. A large number of the beneficiaries are old people who will be forced to seek help from other sources such as general assistance programs.
There is a need for change in attitude towards nursing homes despite the fact that it is a challenge that has more to do with personal choices that are not illegal. Whenever one chooses to quit his or her job as an employee in a nursing home in NYC, it is not a crime but the negative implication is that there will be a shortage of staff. As this continues, there will be an ever diminishing number of people who are willing to work towards the welfare of the elderly in society. This cuts across all professions that are relevant to such homes such as nutritionists who are key players in ensuring old people get the best nutritional help they need. The negative attitude permeates to all other kinds of employees working in nursing homes and not only leads to a breach in the special duty of caring for the old but also extends to levels where some engage in acts with the intention of harming the elderly.
State of the Society
Besides the regulatory requirements, there are other important factors that need to be considered by families of the elderly before committing them to a particular home. Some of the factors that can offer guidance on choosing the right home are discussed below.
Nursing Home Staff and Credentials
In addition to considering whether the members of staff as well as the institution itself is licensed, it is important for the family to establish whether the staff has necessary qualifications and that there are training provisions. A family should also consider whether the facility has the required number of licensed RNs staff at any given time.
Nursing Home Care and Service
Be sure to ask for the resident’s bill of rights and have a keen look at the neighborhood ideology not to mention the distribution of residents in the facility with dementia. The facility should also have social service workers who have a huge role to play in ensuring new as well as existing residents have a smooth transition and can stay easily with the rest of the residents. Other factors you need to consider are the meals they provide, the noise levels in the surrounding as well as the general cleanliness and sanitation levels of the facility.
Nursing home safety and accessibility
Ensure the facility is secure enough and easily accessible for both you as the family and the elder. In fact, this is a top priority when looking for the right facility. Some of the security detail you should be keen enough to check include the emergency preparedness, location of fire extinguishers and the history of their checking, stairways and emergency exists, safety facilities such as smoke detectors and the ease of movement for the elderly including those on wheel chairs. The secret is to pay attention to detail and ensure that there are minimal risk factors. Have a look at the floors and establish whether they pose any danger as a result of slipperiness. Spaces between tables in the dining areas need to be enough and the bathing devices must be safe and well fitted with handles for enhanced support.
These are but some of the major considerations each family should make before choosing a particular home to care for their loved one. Secondary considerations which are equally important include the type of amenities and general comfort the facility offers. This may include resident grooming, laundry facilities, friendly communication, banks, heat and air conditioning facilities fitted with emergency response systems and even salons.
A good nursing home should be geared towards ensuring all residents are comfortable and in their best state of health. Some homes even go a step further and provide various recreational facilities such as gyms with licensed fitness instructors, nature walks and computer rooms in addition to social platforms such as religious provisions where the elderly can get spiritual nourishment. The whole idea is to look for a facility that is able to offer more than just the ordinary so that your loved one receives all rounded care.