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Choosing a Skilled Nursing Facility: The Top 5 Things to Carefully Consider


Recently, an article was posted revealing how rushed and ill-informed hospital patients feel when facing the choice between skilled nursing facilities. To think that at such a vulnerable time you or your family may not have the right information to make an educated decision is a frightening thought. As experts in this industry, we’ve outlined some of the most important things to take into account when determining the best next step for your loved one.

This is the most important piece of advice our team can pass on to anyone concerned about finding the right place. By physically visiting a facility, you can not only determine if it’s safe, friendly, clean, and well maintained, but you can see how their residents look. Are they happy? Clean and dressed appropriately? Engaged in activities? Does the food in the dining room look appealing? Is there a calendar of upcoming activities? You will immediately know if a facility is for you by the feeling you get when you walk through the door.

one: Schedule a Visit

If your loved one has a specific diagnosis that needs special attention, then you want to look for a facility that offers programing for that need. Whether they suffer from Dementia or Diabetes, are recovering from a brain injury or a fall, you will need to make sure that whatever facility you choose can cater to your health. At Next Step, you can search by your health needs here.

two: Special Programs

Initially, you may be thinking you want somewhere close to home. But is that really the most convenient? Is there a family member nearby that will be able to make weekly visits? Choosing a facility closest to a family member can have its benefits. Other times being close to a hospital or larger city is preferred, in case of emergency or complex health concerns.At Next Step, we are able to offer different locations spanning 3 states, so you can be sure that you are in a quality facility in the location that best suits your needs. 

three: Location

Ask about the longevity of the staff in the facility. A quality facility will have staff members who have been there for many years and seem to be happy and genuinely care about the residents in the home, interacting with them with respect and care. You should also ask how they find and interview their staff, what licenses are required, and what kind of background checks are done (if any). Remember, these are the people who are going to be responsible for your loved one’s health and well being.

four: Staff

five: Licensing Requirements

Do your research and choose a facility that has all required state licenses. Find out what the state requirements are regarding the ratio of staff members to clients and ensure that the facility you choose consistently maintains that ratio.


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