If you’re searching for a nursing home today, you may be pleasantly surprised. There’s a trend toward home-like atmospheres, away from that sterile hospital feel. In this video, learn what you can look for in your neighborhood. It includes in put from Alissa Schramm, a certified geriatric-care manager from Denver, Colorado. For a list of the best nursing homes in Denver, CO see http://www.ourparents.com/colorado/denver.
See part two of this series, “Home-Like Nursing Homes: Pros and Cons,” here.
Nursing homes are becoming more homey.
I’m Leigh Ann Otte, for OurParents.com.
If you’re searching for a nursing home today, you may be pleasantly surprised. There’s a trend toward home-like atmospheres, away from that sterile hospital feel. Some facilities are being built this way; others are being remodeled.
Some nursing homes are strikingly small these days. They have living rooms and open kitchens. There are even intimate nursing homes inside renovated houses.
I corresponded with Alissa Schramm, a certified geriatric-care manager and president of Compass Elder Care Specialists in Denver, Colorado. She helps families figure out senior care. She told me, these days, you may be able to decorate your own room in a nursing home, down to the paint—even bring in your own favorite furniture. And those old curtains that divide spaces in shared room? Homes are getting rid of them, she said. There are walls now, and sometimes the rooms are arranged so both residents get a window. She’s even seen a nursing home in Denver with doorbells on each room.
There are still large nursing homes. Alissa told me that many are being divided into indoor neighborhoods, with their own dedicated staff members.
Some nursing homes are run more like home too. Caregivers build relationships with the residents, and regular activities like meals are more personalized. You can get up when you want, eat when you want and maybe cook yourself. Some facilities even have their own live-in pet, or let you bring your own.
Senior care is changing across the board. When you’re searching for options, a little research—seeing what’s out there today—may yield results you didn’t know existed.
I’m Leigh Ann Otte, reporting for OurParents.com, where you can find local care options for your loved ones.
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