For many people, the need to select a nursing home for a loved one comes as a surprise and there is not enough time for a detailed evaluation of the facilities. When the transition of a family member can be anticipated, it is best to refer a more detailed checklist. But when one does not have the luxury of time, this checklist provides the most important factors to look for in a skilled nursing facility.
A nursing home is the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide what is called custodial care, including getting in and out of bed, and providing assistance with feeding, bathing, and dressing. However, nursing homes differ from other senior housing facilities in that they also provide a high level of medical care. Skilled nursing care is available 24 hours a day. Other medical professionals, such as physical therapists, social workers, dieticians are available. Thus medical procedures and therapies are available that not be possible in other housing.