Understanding Health Care Services at a Nursing Home
Being Prepared with a Nursing Home Checklist
When you think about a nursing home, most people think nursing homes are homes that the elderly and disabled live at full time. Although there are residents that reside permanently in a nursing home, nursing home also have patients. These patients are treated for a short term period for post rehabilitation care services. These patients had a health care set back and are being treated with physical therapy and occupational therapy. The medical care of the facility extends to physicians and round the clock nursing care by either registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. Certified nursing assistance assist patients with assistance of daily living. Having a strong idea about the nursing home care you are looking with a checklist is critical when seeing a care home.
What Consumers Should Look For When Touring a Nursing Home
Here is a helpful nursing home checklist
- The nursing home is Medicaid-certified.
- The nursing home has the level of care you need (e.g. skilled, custodial), and a bed is available.
- The nursing home has special services if needed in a separate unit (e.g. dementia, ventilator, or rehabilitation), and a bed is available.
- The nursing home is located close enough for friends and family to visit.
- Residents are clean, appropriately dressed for the season or time of day, and well-groomed.
- The nursing home is free from overwhelming unpleasant odors.
- The nursing home appears clean and well-kept.
- The temperature in the nursing home is
comfortable for residents.
- The nursing home has good lighting.
- Noise levels in the dining room and other
- common areas are comfortable.
- Smoking isn’t allowed or may be restricted to certain areas of the nursing home.
- Furnishings are sturdy, yet comfortable and
- The relationship between the staff and the residents appears to be warm, polite, and respectful.
- All staff wear name tags. Security is monitored.
- Staff knock on the door before entering a resident’s room and refer to residents by name.
- The nursing home offers a training and continuing education program for all staff.
- The nursing home does background checks on all staff.
- The guide on your tour knows the residents by name and is recognized by them.
- There are licensed nursing staff 24 hours a day, including a Registered Nurse (RN) present at least 8 hours per day, 7 days a week.
- The same team of nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) work with the same resident
4 to 5 days per week.
- CNAs work with a reasonable number of residents.
- CNAs are involved in care planning meetings.
- There is a full-time social worker on staff.
- There is a licensed doctor on staff who is there daily and can be reached at all times.
- The nursing home’s management team (including the Director of Nursing and the Administrator) has worked together for at least 1 year.
- Residents may have personal belongings and/or furniture in their rooms.
- Each resident has storage space (closet and drawers) in his or her room.
- Each resident has a window in his or her bedroom.
- Residents have access to a personal telephone and television.
- Residents have a choice of roommates.
- Water pitchers can be reached by residents.
- There are policies and procedures to protect residents’ possessions.
- Hallway, Stairs, Lounges, and Bathrooms Exits are clearly marked.
- There are quiet areas where residents can visit with friends and family.
- The nursing home has smoke detectors and sprinklers.
- All common areas, resident rooms, and doorways are designed for wheelchair use.
- There are handrails in the hallways and grab bars in the bathrooms.