Questions to Ask When Considering a Nursing Home

Yosef Meystel serves as the president of YAM Management LLC in Skokie, Illinois. In this position, Yosef Meystel oversees the operations of 16 nursing homes in the area.

The responsibility of choosing a nursing home can prove extremely stressful. Individuals should ask a number of questions to ensure a proper fit. Perhaps most importantly, individuals need to know the amount of freedom that residents have. For example, do residents have specific meal times? Do they have choices at the meals? Another critical issue is access to preventive care.

Individuals should also ask about important policies surrounding visiting hours, pets, medical care, access to phones and televisions, regular recreational activities, and smoking. While the specific concerns depend on the individual, these are great starting points. Furthermore, residents and their family members will need to know about various security and safety precautions. Some more fundamental questions involve fee schedules and staffing policies, for example, the staff-to-resident ratio.

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