How To Choose A Nursing Home Facility
As loved ones age, they may need full-time care at
some point. Choosing a quality environment in
which your loved ones may thrive with a happy, stable life is one of the most important steps in finding
a nursing home.
This will not only benefit them, but you as well.
There are several things to look for when choosing
a great care center for your aging loved ones to
assure that the place you have chosen will provide
them with the utmost of care at this stage of their
VISIT THE FACILITY
Take a tour of the facility before anything else.
Upon touring the facility you should get a good
vibe from the center. This will allow a first-hand
insight to what is going on inside of the facility.
There are a few things to look for while taking a
tour. It should be cleaned, properly staffed, and all
of the residents' needs should be getting met. You
may want to pay attention to some of the people
who already stay there as well. Do they look happy
and cared for? These things should all be taken into
You might also want to take the patient with you to
this tour. Since they will be the ones living there,
getting their opinions of the place is extremely
important. They should feel welcomed, safe, and
that it is a place that will provide positive living for
Most nursing home facilities will be more than willing to provide you with a tour of their homes. Once
you have toured the building, a sit-down with a
staff member is needed. This will provide the
opportunity to ask any and all questions that you
may have or address any special needs of the
ASK OTHER PEOPLE
It may be possible to find a relative of a patient currently in the nursing home and find out what their
opinions of the place are.
You can ask questions pertaining to the staff and
care of the residents, and ask their feelings of placing your loved one in the facility. More often than
not relatives will be more than happy to assist you
with this as they know first-hand how difficult the
ASK THE DOCTOR
After taking a tour and talking with other residents
family members still leaves you undecided about a
particular facility, talk with the family physician
who has been providing care for the patient.
Perhaps they will be able to provide suggestions for
a good nursing home in the area, or give you further information about the facility you are looking
The physician will probably be able to provide a
couple of different recommendations, and if the
patient has special needs can provide a center that
will be properly suited to treat those needs.
Making the decision to place your loved one in a
nursing home is never easy, and choosing a center
that will meet all of your expectations is even more
difficult. It is imperative to choose the best facility
possible for your loved one.
Research and diligence will always pay off in this
very hard decision, and within time, you are sure to
find the facility that is perfect for your loved one
and all of their needs.
Knowing that your loved one is receiving the best
possible care at the best possible facility is a decision that will make you proud for many years to
How to Choose a Physical Therapist
Physical therapy has incredible power to alleviate pain and increase function. Whether you have
pain in the shoulders, neck, knees, back, or other
joints, physical therapy can help manage or relieve
Usually, physical therapy is a necessity for aftersurgery care. With the proper planning and a bit of
determination, you can find a great physical therapy provider that is best suited for your care.
Commonly, insurance companies require that a
person attempt physical therapy before getting an
expensive surgery of some sort. Sometimes, participation in a physical therapy program can actually
negate any need for surgery.
Unfortunately, many patients suffer from
degenerative disc problems in the back. This sort of
problem usually would require surgery, but many
people find that physical therapy eases pressure on
the lower back. Physical therapy works to strengthen core muscles in the lower back, which adds to a
person's overall wellness.
At other times, physical therapy is part of a
recovery process for surgery. For example, if a person has suffered surgery to fix a rotator cuff, then
physical therapy will be a huge part of the successful recovery of that surgery.
Physical therapy will help a person regain a full
range of motion for joints that are replaced or
Good physical therapy treatments are also necessary for other sorts of injuries and surgeries. A
person with a finger re-attached will need to practice some form of physical therapy to regain use of
the finger. A person who has been an invalid for
weeks or months will require physical therapy in
regaining their mobility.
With a good therapist's aid and a patient's
determination to do follow-through exercises at
home, a patient can often find that he or she feels
a total recovery and is able to enjoy life again.
When choosing a good physical therapist, you
should first see what requirements are in place
from your insurance company. You will have to usually pick a therapist that is in-network, rather than
You should feel comfortable with whatever
physical therapist you choose. A physical therapist
may have to evaluate parts of your body to see if
there is swelling or heat in that part. A therapist
may also massage a patient's muscles as part of the
You should directly ask a therapist about their
experience and education. You will not be able to
obtain references, but you can see if the therapist
has the appropriate license to practice.
You can also choose to contact a state board of
physical therapy to see if any complaints have been
filed regarding the physical therapist you have cho-
sen to work with.
A physical therapist is there to help a patient
regain his or her independence. For older people
especially, a physical therapist can be a critical component in this role.
Often, families will make older people feel
dependent and enable their dependence. A physical therapist is the one to show an older person
that he or she can truly be independent and does
not always need help from family members.
Finding a good physical therapist does not have
to be difficult after considering these tips.