How To Choose A Nursing Home For Your Parents

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Choosing a nursing home is not really something any of us want to do.


However, a nursing home may be needed.

As a son or daughter who has to take care of your aging parents, there are various ways to take care of them. Only one way in which you can provide them the best in serving their needs is by choosing the right nursing home. This may be difficult for you to make since there are actually numerous kinds of centers out there.


Here are some factors that will help you choose the best nursing home for your parents.



1) Check Out Their License and Accreditation


Before deciding on any kind of senior facility, it is necessary that you check out their accreditations and license first. Aside from this, check if they have been recognized by different organizations as well. With this, rest assured that these facilities have been tested and have undergone multiple tests to ensure that they are capable of providing the service that your parents need.


2) Make Sure That They Provide The Services Your Parents Need


As a son or daughter, you should not only check if the facility has been accredited by many organizations but also know what kind of services they offer. It is best to make sure that they can cater to all the needs and requirements of your loved ones. This would include their physical and mental assistance as well. Thus, before choosing any senior home, make sure to double-check everything first.


3) Ask For Feedback From Their Current Caregivers


Since this is an important matter that requires some special attention, it is necessary that you ask for the feedback of their current caregivers and residents first. You can ask them some questions about how they feel and if they like the services of the facility. This way, rest assured that you will not end up choosing a home where your parents cannot be taken care of properly.


4) Visit The Facility First Hand


This is something that you must do to ensure that everything goes well in the long run. It does not only mean checking out their license but also visiting them personally. This way, you can assess for yourself what kind of care they are giving to these individuals as well as their overall accommodation facilities. If this is your mother or father, then make sure to visit the home personally.


5) Choose A Home That Is Close To Your Own House


This is something that you should do to make sure that they will be safe and close enough to your own house. This way, if there are any emergencies, then you can easily access them any time of the day. Just like this would mean getting help for yourself when someone needs it anyway. You must also consider waiting time at times as well because it may happen that you need their assistance in an emergency situation but might not be able to reach them on time due to long waiting hours after dialing 911, so getting a facility near your house can certainly come in handy.


6) Get Information From A Resident Law Firm


One thing that you can do before choosing a senior home is to get information from the local legal fraternity. This way, you would know more about the legal history of the facility, activities that they usually do there as well as other things to know about them. This way, you will be informed on how good or bad the facility would really give your parents the care they need, so it is important to consider this as well. Be sure to always have a skilled team of injury lawyers as contacts just in case you need their services.


7) Get Referrals And Recommendations From The Nearby Community


Another thing that you should do when looking for a senior home for your parents is get referrals and recommendations from the nearby community. Since these people have been living in an area for years already, and have seen what facilities are available, this could be very useful feedback.


8) Check For Online Reviews And Feedback


Finally, before checking out the facility in person, make sure that they also have online reviews and feedback. This is something that you should do, especially with all the technology introduced today. This way,  you can have even more confidence that your parents would be safe and properly provided for despite their growing age. You can learn a lot of things from the feedback provided by former residents and current caregivers as well.  it would certainly help if you check for these before visiting any senior homes personally!


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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22 thoughts on “How To Choose A Nursing Home For Your Parents”

  1. Thank you for all these tips but if ever I need help for my parents someday, I will just take care of them at home and hire a nurse for them so I can see them anytime.

  2. Where I come from we don’t actually send our parents to the nursing home, It feels weird to actually come across an article about this topic. Anyways, I appreciate the thought behind it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I agree that it is a wonderful way to keep mom and dad at home. However, there are some circumstances in which some of the people I work with are simply not able to do that.

  3. Not something I want to think of but some great tips to keep in mind. It’s important to find a good place to care for those who changed your diapers and kissed your booboos

  4. This is really useful advice I don’t think my mum is that far away from this and it does make me anxious as there is so much to consider and the pressure to find the right one feels really big.

  5. I think making a preliminary visit is such a great tip. We never want to have to send our parents to a facility, but if that day comes, I think we all want it to be the best, cleanest, and most comfortable that it can be for them.

  6. Nursing homes are very common here in Japan and getting the right ones is a priority. People feel safe getting recommendations or referals from the community

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.