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FINDING THE RIGHT LONG TERM CARE SOLUTIONWhen looking for a long term care (LTC) residence, including an adult foster care home, home for the aged, unlicensed assisted living, or skilled nursing, it is good idea to visit as many places as possible. This will give you an idea what options are available.When you have narrowed down your choices, make another visit. Vary the time of the visit, come unannounced. To get a better idea of what life at the home is like, talk with residents and get their impressions.If the facility is licensed you can ask to see the latest state inspection report. Review the report with the admissions person or adminis- trator. Ask for clarification of any citation that impacts those things important to you.This list is just a starting point of itemsfor you to consider. Be sure to include other items specific to your situation. This just might be one of the best decisions you make going forward for the health and well being of your loved one or yourself.Location• Is the home in a convenient location? • Is it close to community services andresources that you use (e.g., doctor offices, shopping mall, movie theater, church)?Environment and Safety• Is the entrance to the home safe?• Are the entry and parking lot well lit?• How is the exterior appearance?• How is the interior appearance; is it clean orcluttered?• Is the home a comfortable temperature withgood air circulation? Is there an odor?• Is there a security system/alarms?• Does staff know what to do in the case ofan emergency or fire? (Ask staff) Is there anemergency call system?• Ask about smoke detectors, emergency firesprinkler system, and monthly fire drills. Howare medical emergencies handled?• Does staff appear pleasant, attentive toresidents, and respectful?• Is the staff well groomed?• Which staff people provide direct care?Staffing and Training• What is the ratio of direct care staff to residents?• What initial/ongoing training is provided? • How frequently are staff evaluations?• Who supervises direct care staff?• If an RN is on staff, what are his/her hours,role, and responsibilities?• What is being done to retain staff?• Does the home bring in help from home health care agencies?• What about preventive oral hygiene care?• How long does the average person work forthe home?Quality of Life• Do residents appear happy, relaxed, comfort- able, and healthy?• Do residents appear properly groomed and dressed? Are residents treated with dignity and respect?• Is there a plan in place to maintain the quality of services and care for residents?• Is there community involvement?• Are small day or activity rooms available?• How does the home accommodate family andfriends who visit?• Are private meeting rooms available?• Are residents involved in program design,evaluation, management, and policydevelopment?• Is the assistance of a physical or occupationaltherapist available?• Does the residence have a dentist or dentalhygienist on call?Activities and Daily Living• How are medications distributed and who supervises?• Does the pharmacy provided delivery ser- vices, consultations, and medication review?While you are looking, consider your cur- rent needs and how those needs may change in the future. Set some priorities for what is most important to you in a home or commu- nity, and determine what you can afford.Award-Winning | 5-Star Rated50 Sanderson Lane, Coldwater, MI 49036517.279.9587 Maple-Lawn.org20 SENIOR HOUSING DIRECTORY | 2018

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