The New York Times‘ Patient Money column recently shared some pretty good tips and advice for finding a good nursing home for your loved one. It can often be a difficult and emotional time, but this information can hopefully help ease the transition
Stressful but Vital: Picking a Nursing Home
– The New York Times, March 18, 2010
Patricia Grace, the CEO of Aging with Grace, also offers some additional advice:
We at Aging with Grace recommend whenever possible that a family visit a nursing home more than once and at least one visit during off hours…Sunday morning at 9am is best. Sunday is generally the day that all hell breaks loose…staff doesn’t show, people call out sick, etc.
It’s important to observe how the facility handles these types of situations. Is the staff running around like chickens without heads, or are they pulling together to make sure that residents receive the care they need.
We also suggest that a family meet with the Administrator and review the facility’s most recent state survey.
Today in Washington, D.C., advocates are gathering for the Alzheimer’s Action Summit to help put an end to Alzheimer’s disease. They will let our nation’s leaders know that NOW is the time to increase funding for Alzheimer research and care programs.
Write to congress to pledge your support for three critical pieces of legislation:
- The Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act of 2009 (S. 1492/H.R. 3286), authorizing $2 billion in research funding for Alzheimer’s disease.
- The Alzheimer’s Detection, Diagnosis, Care and Planning (ADD-CAP) Act which will provide Medicare reimbursement to increase the detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (S. 3036/H.R. 4689)that calls for an integrated federal campaign to overcome Alzheimer’s disease.
Your actions today will make a difference, so please take a few minutes and write Congress now.
Speak out for a world without Alzheimer’s during this important week. Use your voice to advocate for change and write to Congress by March 9.