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How can I get my parent to be excited spending the holiday in the nursing home?

How can I get my parent to be excited spending the holiday in the nursing home?

Check with NH staff: Check with the staff at the nursing home which activities they will have, which food is going to be served. Find with local churches or non profit organizations which religious services, concerts, dinners or activities they may offer to that nursing home. Find what your parents would appreciate at the nursing home & discuss with the staff t the nursing home. ...Read more

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Careful what I eat. Visited by parent from nursing home and teen who spend summer abroad. Could I have gotten upset bowel from them?

Careful what I eat. Visited by parent from nursing home and teen who spend summer abroad. Could I have gotten upset bowel from them?

Common things: Common things occur commonly, rare things occur rarely. The most common (and likely) reason is a GI virus. Gi viruses are exceedingly common in the summer in the northern hemispheres. The visits were probably coincidental. If it is a virus, it will likely resolve itself in a few days. If abdominal symptoms continue, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I find a good nursing home for my beloved parent?

How can I find a good nursing home for my beloved parent?

Ask for a tour.: It is important to do your homework. Not all nursing homes are equal. Request a tour, speak to the residents and their families and get a feel for the overall experience that is being provided. Clean and safe environment, good medical supervision and services as well as entertainment are all very important. ...Read more

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What should I do when a parent needs to go into nursing home?

What should I do when a parent needs to go into nursing home?

Informed decision: Visit facility, ask about ratio of patients to nurses, cnas; look at rooms -- see if they're private, semi-private, etc. Compare nursing homes by rating-- medicare website is one of them: http://www.Medicare.Gov/quality-care-finder/#nursing-home-compare also, when a nursing home has been surveyed by a state oversight agency, it should have the results of survey readily available for you to look. ...Read more

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Advice on having a parent who is demented and you want to place them in a nursing home?

Advice on having a parent who is demented and you want to place them in a nursing home?

Informed decision: Placement will depends on the stage of dementia. You might want to ask if they facility has a specialized unit for people with dementia. On a general note, visit the facility, talk to staff, ask about patient to cna, nurses ratio also, when a nursing home has been surveyed by a state oversight agency, it should have the results of survey readily available for you to look at. ...Read more

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What is the best way to avoid needing a nursing home besides the obvious? Im 60 and do not want to live like my parent.

What is the best way to avoid needing a nursing home besides the obvious? Im 60 and do not want to live like my parent.

Be Healthy: That may sound flip, but realistically, being healthy is the best way to not need a nursing home. As long as you can take care of yourself and your affairs, you do not need one. Taking a multivitamin, regular exercise of both the body and the mind, and avoiding known problems, such as obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure, can go a long way towards keeping you healthy. ...Read more

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How do we daughters find the best nursing home for our elderly parent?

How do we daughters find the best nursing home for our elderly parent?

Informed decision: Visit facility, ask about ratio of patients to nurses, cnas; look at rooms -- see if they're private, semi-private, etc. Compare nursing homes by rating: medicare website is one of them: http://www.Medicare.Gov/quality-care-finder/#nursing-home-compare. Also, when a nursing home has been surveyed by a state oversight agency, it should have the results of survey readily available for you to look. ...Read more

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How must I discuss difficult news like needing a nursing home with my elderly parent?

How must I discuss difficult news like needing a nursing home with my elderly parent?

It is difficult: If possible, i would try and get your siblings (if you have some) as well as other family members involved in the entire process. It is very difficult for parents as well as for the children involved when it comes to needing nursing home placement. Perhaps there is a therapist, like a social worker in your area who can give you some ongoing assistance. Most nursing homes employ such an individual. ...Read more

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Is it suggested to put elderly parents in a nursing home?

Is it suggested to put elderly parents in a nursing home?

Nursing Homes: No, elderly people have many alternatives in where to live. These decisions should be made in their entirety taking into multiple factors. ...Read more

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What must I look for when moving an older parent to a nursing home?

Talk to the staff: I would discuss this with the staff at the home and her doctor. ...Read more