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What To Expect From A Nursing Home

If your elderly loved one cannot live alone anymore, you may need to consider nursing home placement. You can turn to our website for information on what to expect from a nursing home and how to know if your loved one needs skilled nursing care or simply custodial care. You'll discover that skilled nursing care provided by the nursing home nurses includes the administration of intravenous medications, wound care, maintaining feeding tubes, and caring for patients who require ventilator care. Our blog posts and articles will also explain why your senior loved one may require physical and occupational therapy in the nursing home, and why speech therapy may help improve your loved one's swallowing ability after a stroke.

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Steps Assisted Living Facilities Take To Ensure Cleanliness And Safety

An assisted living facility may be a great option for your senior loved one who is no longer able to live independently. The staff at assisted living facilities can assist residents with their activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and eating.

Assisted living facilities also provide nutritious meals, laundry, and housekeeping services. While staff can offer assistance to residents who need it, they try to promote independence as much as possible. Here are some things the assisted living staff does to help ensure that the facility remains a clean, safe, and healthy environment for the residents.

Safety and Security

Your loved one's safety and security take top priority in well-managed assisted living facilities. The doors are equipped with heavy-duty locks and the windows have security locks on them. Other security measures include state-of-the-art fire alarm systems and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as emergency generator systems.

The generators turn on as soon as the power shuts off during a power failure, which ensures that residents will not have to navigate dark hallways after a storm or short circuit has knocked out the electrical service. Another safety feature many facilities offer is emergency buttons in every room. If your loved one needs help, he or she presses the button and a staff member will respond quickly. Emergency alert buttons are a comfort to both resident and family, and the cost is typically included in the rent.

Cleanliness Interventions

The first thing you will notice upon entering a well-managed facility is a pleasant and inviting lobby. The furniture will be clean, modern, odor-free, and without holes in the upholstery. The tables and lamps will be dusted, and the floors will be gleaming if they are hardwood or vacuumed if they are carpeted.

Strict infection control measures will also be implemented to help prevent the spread of diseases. Infection control interventions are also strictly adhered to in all areas of the facility, including the beauty shops. Hair salon personnel make sure that combs, brushes, and scissors are disinfected after every use and that hair is quickly swept up from the floor. 

If you want to schedule tours of different facilities to determine which one might be right for your senior loved one, call the admission directors. During your calls, the admission employees can address your concerns and answer your questions pertaining to the rent, room sizes, and facility policies and procedures.