Choosing a nursing home is one of the most important decisions we will make for our loved ones. When looking for a nursing home, it can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to consider:
EDEN CERTIFIED HOMES -- Our Elders have so much to teach us. The Eden Alternative philosophy asserts that no matter how old we are or what challenges we live with, life is about continuing to grow. Building on this new paradigm, it affirms that care is not a one-way street, but rather a collaborative partnership. Look for homes that are committed to the Eden principles.
Does it feel like home - You want to feel safe and loved in your new home, with the ability to create your own schedule. A place to receive encouragement, where you have the opportunity to become stronger mentally and physically, and where you can make your own lifestyle decisions.
First Impression - When you walk in the door, what do you see, hear and smell? Is there joyfulness, are there calming sounds, is it welcoming? When touring the facility, pay attention to odors. If you smell an odor in a specific place, it is likely a single incident. Odors throughout should be worrisome.
Staff –Are caregivers and care receivers described as “care partners,” each an active participant in the balance of giving and receiving? Seek care partners who strive to help you optimize your independence, energy and spirit as you move to your new home.
ACTIVITY – Together, families, care partners and elders strive to enhance well-being by eliminating the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. The antidote to overcome the three plagues may come in the form of human and pet contact, music and art, as well as variety and spontaneity in day to day experiences.
WELLNESS – On-site physical, occupational and speech therapies are important. Look for a pool with aqua therapy, a fitness center, a Bistro and spa.
Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Cindy Silverman, Director of Community Relations at Shalom Park. For information and tours contact Karen Gates, Director of Admissions, at 303-680-5000 or by email at: email@example.com.
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