• Home
  • Senior Center
  • Senior Articles | A Nursing Home Move Should Be a Family Decision

Senior Center

A Nursing Home Move Should Be a Family Decision

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - July 5, 2011

Not Sure / All Nursing Homes
Assisted Living In-Home Care
Hospice Memory Care
Retirement Communities
Residential Care
Senior Care Search
Powered by LivingSenior

There can be no more painful decision for a family to make then the need to place a loved one in a nursing home. If a health crisis has become so severe that your family member needs constant care than a nursing home might be the best option, but that doesn’t automatically ease the stress. Making the transition into a nursing home should not be looked as a “last resort” measure, but rather as a way of making sure your loved one will be well attended to. Even understanding that simple fact won’t always wipe away the guilt you might be feeling over making this decision. This is why, whenever possible, it is best to involve the entire family into the discussion of nursing home options. The choice for nursing home care might be less of a challenge if everyone is on the same page. Here is some advice for approaching this situation.

Get the Facts About Nursing Home Care

There have been many sensational stories about nursing home abuse in the news. The simple fact remains that there are well over one million seniors all across the country being properly taken care of in nursing homes every day. In fact, the average stay for a person in a nursing home could be as much as three years.

There are many considerations that have to be taken into account such as cost, location and quality of care. You can accomplish a fair amount of research online by searching reviews of nursing homes in your community. Ultimately, it is best for you to narrow the choices and make a tour of your top picks. You’ll also need to assess the type of out of pocket costs your family might face with nursing home care. Medicare can cover some if not all of the costs of nursing home care.

Consider a Care Manager

Most hospitals or public service agencies have dedicated counselors to help families make these types of challenging decisions. Unfortunately, these social workers could often be overwhelmed with requests. You might find an advantage in hiring an independent geriatric care manager to help you facilitate the decision making process. This care manager can assess the situation you’re in and present possible options like in-home care or residential care. If a nursing home turns out to be the best option, the care manager should be well versed in all the area facilities available to you. The care manager can also address any concerns you or others in the family might have about this transition.

Call a Family Meeting

When it has become obvious that a family member needs more help than anyone can provide it is time to discuss the possibility of moving your loved one into a nursing home. Instead of reaching out to one person at a time, it might be best to bring all the members of the family together who would be involved in this decision. At a family meeting, all the facts you’ve gathered can be presented and evaluated. If circumstances have scattered the family, then you can easily set up a time for a conference call using internet resources. The important thing to remember is that if you do have family, get their support. You shouldn’t make these decisions alone if you don’t have to.