Thank you to BestNursingHomes.com for sponsoring this post on National Senior Health & Fitness Day! My experiences are 100% my own. Hopefully this information will help your familys experience be a positive one.
Nursing homes aren’t something I usually talk about…it’s not fun and it’s a topic that usually only comes up when times are trying to say the least. My own experience with nursing homes was frustrating and it was sad. At a time when my grandmother was ailing and her health was quickly declining, the family had to make choices and the choice was what nursing home we would place her in. We knew we wanted the best care and friendliest staff for her because her life was lived for others and in those last few months of her life she deserved to be catered to.
Since this was our family’s first experience with nursing homes, we had no idea where to turn for advice and a decision had to be made quickly. Sadly our experience wasn’t great…its wasn’t some of the horror stories you hear, but I know for a fact there was better, more attentive care available than what we ended up with and that was a horrible feeling. I wish I had known about resources like BestNursingHomes.com then.
Nursing homes are also not only for the aged and elderly population. Sometimes things happen and a usually healthy, young or middle aged person needs more help than what can be provided at home.
“Mom just got a hip replacement. She has to be out of the hospital, but she’s too sick to go home. What should we do?”
“Dad has dementia, and his health has declined to the point that it’s unsafe for him to be at home. Help!”
“I need somewhere to recover from heart surgery. I don’t want to be a burden to my kids and wish there were somewhere I could go with advanced medical care. Do I have any options?”
Sometimes you need medical care that can’t be taken care of at home … or in a hospital. We all know that home health companies can come in and take care of the basics. But if you need more advanced medical care, help is available in what is called a “post-acute” care center, also known as a “nursing home.”
Nursing homes have gotten a bad rap over the years. But what most people don’t know is that there are really good ones out there—rehabilitative centers that look and feel more like hotels than hospitals and give you more personalized therapy and attention than if you were in a hospital. These are the type I wish I would have been able to find for my own grandmother.
“Where can I find these facilities?” You may ask. Welcome BestNursingHomes.com. This is an online site, provided free to the public by the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers, that lists five-star nursing homes and rehabilitation centers rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
What’s different about this site than others?
1. BestNursingHomes.com lists ONLY the best sites. Anything on the list has been preapproved by Medicare as one of the top in the country.
2. There’s no annoying sales center. Best Nursing Homes is run by a nonprofit organization whose public mission is to make people aware of the good places to go. It’s a free list.
3. You don’t have to enter any personal information. No one is going to contact you when you search the site.
4. You can contact the nursing homes directly. If you see an option that you like, simply call the facility or send an email using the contact form.
5. You can see what the center looks like. For the facilities that have chosen upgraded listings, you can take a virtual tour of the building with slideshow photos and videos.
6. You can review what others’ experiences were like. Best Nursing Homes uses proprietary software to get real reviews from real residents and family members. And they’re authentic—there’s no gaming from competitors or advertisers.
Best Nursing Homes has been made possible by the generous donation of North American Health Care and its CEO, John Sorensen. John has made it his life’s work to serve the elderly population and has sponsored the development of BNH and donated it to the ASNP for use. “We are very grateful for the leadership of John Sorensen in the post-acute care industry,” said Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Association for Skilled Nursing Providers. “John is a leader in his field, a generous philanthropist, and a great example of someone who places serving the patient above anything else. We are proud to be associated with John and North American Health Care and grateful for his support to promote best practices in skilled nursing.”
For more information about Best Nursing Homes or the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers, please contact Dr. Cook at email@example.com or 949-813-0182.
Liz Mays saysMay 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm
I think it can be incredibly overwhelming to start that search. I know this because we just finished doing it for our mom. It was very hard! This kind of service won’t be forgotten by me now.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) saysMay 28, 2015 at 2:36 am
I think it’s so important to find good care for our parents when they’re seniors 🙂
Michelle F. saysMay 28, 2015 at 7:37 am
This is such great information. Anything to make that hard decision easier.
Crystal saysMay 28, 2015 at 9:40 pm
We very purposefully purchased a home a block away from my parents. I want to be able to help them out when they need it. If they aren’t able to stay in their home, it’s good to know where to look.
Julie saysMay 29, 2015 at 5:43 am
I remember how stressful it was when we had to put my Grandmother in a nursing home. Bookmarking this for future reference!
Kristin saysMay 31, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Our family has been through this so I know what a tough decision it can be!