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How Can I Cope With Putting My Husband Into A Nursing Home
1 where U feel good: You should find a home that makes you feel good about where he is living. A facility where you would be comfortable staying yourself. A place where there is adequate room for activities and there is stimulation for him. ...Read more
See it first hand: First, ask for a tour of the facility. If the answer is you cannot, then you have a lot of information already. Ask the facility liason who their regulatory agency is. Check with that agency. The local better business bureau may have comments. Try and talk to families of other people who live there. In my experience, most nh try really hard to provide good care. ...Read more
Husband has cerebellum degeneration due to chronic alcohol use, resides in nursing home. Lately he's not making sense, is this normal?
Dementia: Alcohol affects both the cerebellum and the cerebral functions, and alcohol brain atrophy is not unusual, and not surprising. "Is this normal"? Are you kidding? But would check B vitamin and D vitamin levels and at least check for other causes of dementia, such as Alzheimer's, but your husband has created his destiny by his habits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not if they get care: If you can't provide for their care yourself, a care center is the next best option. Make sure that they get good care there. Visit them often, and if you are able take them out on pass and let them go places and do other things. You should not feel regret if you know they are receiving good care and stay active with activities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: SNF = skilled nursing facility. Key word is nursing which means nurses have to be available around the clock. Assisted living facilities don't require presence of nurse at all times. BTW, we mean RN or LPN when referring to nurses. Check out http://www.diffen.com/difference/Assisted_Living_vs_Nursing_Home as a starting point. ...Read more
Specialized services: A skilled nursing home offers more than custodial services. They also provide physical and occupational therapy, dietary services , and give services such as respite care, feeding tubes, continue IV therapy. Usually a doctor is assigned to patients and psychiatrist will also follow patients with psychotropic medications. ...Read more
Skilled Nursing : Facilities (snf) have nursing home level of care within their building. For example, one wing of the snf or certain rooms are dedicated to people receiving short term rehabilitation services (those who will not be living there once therapy is complete) and those who stay long term. People who live there are under custodial care, or the same level of care as a nursing home. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything: Bad nursing home reputation, failed annual inspections, loss of independence, change of environmental or cultural settings, uncooperative residents, unprofessional staffing, fire safety, aging building, inner city location, falls resulting fractures, infections among other residents, food poisoning and fear of institutionalization. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A caring staff: A good nursing home has a caring staff and physicians who are available and willing to meet with family members. These two characteristics are not easy to discern. I recommend that you visit any nursing home you are considering for yourself or a family member. Walk around, and talk to visitors and family members of patients. Don't go by what the admissiions folks tell you - they are in sales. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: By definition, skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes must have nurses eg RN/LPN available around-the-clock. Assisted living facilities do not. Memory care units are a secure subset of assisted living, w/greater staffing. Check out http://www.aplaceformom.com/alzheimers-care, http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/memory-care/ & http://assistedlivingtoday.com/p/memory-care/ for more info. ...Read more
Ask for help: Most common danger is falls. Never try to do dangerous maneuvers without asking for help. Early morning in the bathroom is often the most dangerous. Stairs are another. Eat well and sleep well and keep up a good exercise routine. Talk with anyone who will listen and read and watch news shows and keep your brain active. As soon as you start to feel ill, ask for help and get a checkup. ...Read more
Depends: A person leaves nursing home in the following situation: violations for smoking/drug/alcohol policy, harrassment, inappropriate sexual contact within staff or resident, unacceptable behavioral problems despite rights to refuse medications and dangers to others. There are other reasons but it needs to be resolved first before leaving the place. Safety and accountability are the key. ...Read more
Not a podiatry ?: I would recommend you check them out and talk to your family doctor and the management staff at the home. ...Read more
Talk to the staff: I would discuss this with the staff at the home. ...Read more
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