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Nursing Homes - Houston

Choosing Nursing Home

The majority of nursing homes are staffed by compassionate and caring individuals who provide excellent service to the residents. By knowing what to look for, residents and their families can find the best nursing home possible. Many people simply choose the closest facility.

MANY OF THE FOLLOWING NURSING HOMES PROVIDED SKILLED NURSING CARE.

Before making this decision, however, it is important to do careful research. Some facilities are better and offer more appropriate care than others. Unfortunately, there are facilities that consistently violate state standards and subject their residents to poor care.

You should start by getting recommendations from friends living in nursing homes and their relatives. Pick three or four facilities close to home and prepare to visit. Ask to talk to the Administrator or the Director of Nursing. Pay attention if staff members don't give you straight answers. Notice when the answers are inconsistent with what you observe at the facility.

The difference between a nursing home vs. a skilled nursing facility is that a skilled nursing facility is an option for those who do require daily medical care. Skilled nursing facilities generally offer rehabilitation services, and they have trained on-staff nurses who are available for around-the-clock care. Residents may live in their own room or they could share a room. Full meals are provided, and the length of stays can be temporary or long-term. Whereas as a nursing home would be a good fit if your loved one has reached the point where they are unable to safely live on their own, but do not require daily medical attention. When visiting consider arriving unannounced.


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DISCLAIMER: Links to other websites or references to products, services or publications do not imply the endorsement or approval of such websites, products, services or publications by Elder Options of Texas. The determination of the need for senior care services and the choice of a facility is an extremely important decision. Please make your own independent investigation.