Questions to ask before moving out of a nursing home.
The AARP has come up with some questions to ask before moving out of a nursing home.
- Do you want to live independently? You must be motivated enough to overcome frustration and inconvenience.
- Are you able to live independently? People with limited mobility can often manage.
- Can you afford to live independently? Government programs offer a variety of financial help.
- Is in-home care available? Together, a doctor and a transition coordinator can help compile a list of needed services.
- Is appropriate housing available? Requirements vary with health and mobility, and include access, safety features, security, and kitchen and dining facilities.
- Does the home have everything you need? This includes a telephone, emergency contacts, kitchen equipment, and personal care items.
- Does the community offer necessary medical services? Its crucial to identify and perhaps contact in advance doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, and emergency clinics in the community.
- Do you have the necessary skills? These may include shopping, showering, or bathing, preparing meals, budgeting, and paying bills.
- Is transportation available? Many areas have senior transportation programs.
- Is social support available? Options include senior housing activities, religious programs, senior day-care, and family visits.
For the full article from the AARP on moving out of a nursing home, click here.Tags: government programs, Housing, independent living, life care planning, medical, nursing home, Physicians