What You Need to Know
- A facility had better get along with a nearby hospital.
- Odor, lighting and quality of furniture do matter.
- One thing to check is the clock.
We never know when our lives will turn upside down. It could be the result of an illness or an injury that happens when just walking across a street.
When spending time with family and friends during this holiday season, you may realize something has occurred in their lives where long-term care is needed. The purpose of this article is to share with you information that could be very helpful.
This is a true story that happened just six weeks ago.
Tom, a judge in Richmond, Va., was crossing a busy street in Richmond and didn’t see the car approaching until it was too late. He ended up in the hospital with multiple fractures, including both hips, ribs, pelvis, leg, ankle, spine and shoulder.
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He is the husband of Molly, my best friend and my college roommate. I now call Molly every morning. Tom’s recovery is going to be long and arduous with probably several months of nursing home stays for rehab.
When I received an email publicizing a webinar about how to select a nursing home, I told Molly I would listen because this was important information that she needed to know. The webinar was presented by Seth Stander and Peggy Determeyer, from the Community Bioethics and Aging Center (part of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston), and it was excellent.
Seth provided the following list of questions that need to be asked when selecting a facility.