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Choosing a Nursing Home:
What to consider
If you’re looking for a nursing home in Iowa or just want to monitor the level of care now being provided in a home, here are some tips:
Don't put off a search
Don’t put off a search for a nursing home until a health crisis forces an unplanned move from a hospital to a nursing home. If you do, your options will be limited to homes with openings at that time.
Make a personal, unannounced visit to homes you’re considering. While there, ask the nurse aides how long they have worked there. Homes with high turnover rates and lots of temporary help hired through agencies tend to provide lesser-quality care.
Talk to Residents
Talk to the residents. Ask how long it takes for call lights to be answered. Ask about the quality of food and activities offered at the home.
Look at Staff Turnover Rates
Ask how long the administrator and director of nursing have had their jobs. Long-term employment at the management level is often a good sign. Check to see whether an administrator splits his or her time at another facility owned by the same company. You should also ask whether the home’s corporate owners live in the community and visit the facility.
Visit at Different Meal Times
Visit a home at different times of day and on weekends. Ask whether you can buy a meal and eat in the dining room with residents. Does the meal itself match what’s listed on the posted menu? Are the residents who require eating assistance getting the help they need?
Talk to Overnight Workers
Talk to the overnight-shift workers about the time of day residents are awakened for breakfast. Homes that are short-staffed sometimes wake residents long before dawn, lining them in hallways hours before breakfast.
Read previous concerns and issues
Ask whether the administration schedules regular meetings with residents to hear their concerns. If such meetings are held, look at the minutes so you can get a sense of the issues residents have.
Look at federal data
Check out the federal government’s Web site that provides consumers with 10 quality indicators on almost every nursing home in America. The indicators provide such information as the percentage of residents with bedsores and the percentages of residents with infections. The data are based on information that is largely self-reported and unverified by the government. Still, for Iowans with loved ones in homes located in other states, the site is worth periodic checks. It is located at http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp
Check Staffing Levels
Ask the staff how many licensed practical nurses and registered nurses work at the home and ask how many hours they typically work each week. Be sure to check on staffing levels for evening and overnight shifts as well.
Look for Full Continuum of Care
Look for facilities that offer full continuum of care. Homes that offer both assisted-living services for healthier seniors and skilled nursing care for those with greater needs are ideal for couples whose care needs are different. Find out whether the home offers dementia-specific care for people who may develop Alzheimer’s disease as they age.
Review State Inspection Reports
Look for the latest state inspection report, even if you’ve read it online. It should be posted where residents, relatives and visitors can read it without having to ask for permission. Check to see that it’s complete and is, in fact, the most recent report.
Get a Feel of the Atmosphere
Get a feel for whether there’s a homelike atmosphere. Are the rooms adequately maintained? Are there areas where residents can sit outside? If you have a loved one who is prone to wandering, you’ll want to check the home’s security system and consider the facility’s proximity to busy streets.
Call Iowa Department of Elder Affairs
Call the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs at (515) 242-3302 and ask for the names and phone numbers of people who serve on the home’s Resident Advocate Committee. Talk to the committee members about past problems and the administration’s willingness to address those issues.
Ask About Financing Options
If you have a loved one entering a home on a private-pay basis, talk to the administrator about what happens when residents’ money is depleted and Medicaid begins paying for their care.
When you expect and demand that your loved one be cared for by the best, Brooklyn Community Estate is the choice
We appreciate the decisions you face when a family member requires long-term care. It can be an extremely emotional decision. And while we acknowledge that a family’s love and tender care is important, there comes a time when family is not able to provide the best care physically or medically.
There are many areas to address when deciding on a health care setting. Perhaps the greatest is the knowledge that your family member is being loved as they are when with family. Our goal at Brooklyn Community Estate is to provide care for each resident embracing our values of quality, dignity and service. Brooklyn Community Estate is reinventing the stereotype of old-
style nursing homes. Residents are active, involved and treated as family.
The environment at Brooklyn Community Estate is designed to involve residents in a loving, respectful lifestyle that ensures that they remain active both mentally and physically. Living options include private and semi-private rooms where residents are encouraged to bring furniture items and decorations to personalize their room. Meals, housekeeping, maintenance,
laundry and utilities are included in this home-like environment.
Rest assured knowing your family member receives 24-hour professional care, around-the-clock security and a variety of benefits for specialized care such as rehabilitation therapy and memory loss.
We work closely with physicians, family members and other health professionals to ensure that each resident receives the care they deserve.
Brooklyn Community Estate has liberal visiting hours. We encourage you to follow these guidelines.
Respect the privacy and confidentiality of our residents and staff.
Be aware of any infection precautions that may be in place
Wash your hands before coming into contact with residents
If you have a viral or bacterial infection, please contact the nursing staff before entering resident rooms
Use the facilities mailing address to send mail and packages to residents
Example: Resident Name 406 North Street Brooklyn, Iowa 52211