What to look for when seeking out Long-Term Nursing Care

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When seeking long term nursing care for dementia or memory care, there are several important factors to consider when selecting a facility for your loved one. These are in the categories of compassion, experienced nursing care, and the safety of the residents. Facilities that meet these requirements will enable families to feel very comfortable about the care their loved ones will receive. Their loved ones will greatly benefit from care that will enhance their well-being and increase their comfort level as well as satisfaction. Most importantly, an excellent long term care facility will provide a certain quality of life that all of our loved ones deserve.

One of the main aspects to look for in a facility is an advanced nursing and health care center that provides 24-hour total licensed nursing care, and a medical doctor who is available when needed. Maintaining the residents personal wellness and satisfaction must be a high priority and evident in every area of care. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy services are essential for helping the residents maintain a healthy level of engagement. Rehabilitation, restorative and activity programs are vital to residents who need to gain more mobility and achieve a greater level of satisfaction in their lives.

It is also important to take into consideration Special Care and Advanced Special Care units designed to accommodate residents with each stage of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. These units should have 24 hour licensed nursing care with special Dementia care training. The staff should be able to provide routine nightly monitoring and checkups.

As we grow older, it is essential to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Menus to meet the dietary needs of residents should always be available. Diets that offer plentiful fiber and proteins, as well as fruits and vegetables, can help promote healthy mental and physical functions. While keeping your mind sharp, it is also just as important to maintain an active lifestyle. Organized activities, whether it be physical exercise or arts and crafts should also be available. The facility should be large enough to provide all of the services and care residents with every need require. While size and ranking is important, the compassion offered by staff is the most important criteria.

The Franklin United Methodist Community provides excellent care with an emphasis on personal wellness and satisfaction in a long term care environment. If you or a loved one are looking to make a transition, keep these needs in mind.