There comes a time when the Alzheimer’s diseases progresses in a loved one necessitating the need for care in a nursing home. It is important to understand the needs your loved one has so that you can choose the best nursing home that can meet those needs. Since there are no nursing homes that specifically handle Alzheimer’s patients, it is important to ensure that you choose a home that your loved one will receive quality health care and safety. Here are some ways to do this:

1.    Do your research concerning the facilities that you are considering. Since the home caters for residents with or without Alzheimer’s, use websites such as the Medicaid website to check on nursing homes that have passed the federal approval.

2.    After narrowing down to several homes, it is important to visit the site physically. While a website can look very appealing, the actual home will give you an idea of what to expect from the administration. Check the sanitation and environmental safety. How many nurses are available per resident? What policies do they have regarding pressure sores and other common conditions that may affect the residents? These present some of the questions you should ask before making a decision.  A second unannounced visit is always advisable to check the home.

3.    Choose a nursing home that is near you. There is nothing as worse as isolation. It is important to choose a home that is near you so that you can make regular visits to see your loved one. 

4.    Since you’re loved one is an Alzheimer’s patient, always check for the safety measures that the home has to prevent the resident from harming himself. It is important for measures to be available especially to safeguard wandering and prevent abuse. There are also homes with safety bracelets that set off an alarm when the resident wanders. It is also important to inquire whether the facility has other Alzheimer’s patients and the measures that they have put in place to safeguard their interest.

For starters, the best nursing home is one that will carry out a complete assessment on your loved one to understand his needs. Thereafter, the administration may sit down with you and discuss the needs of your loved one. In the event that the nursing home does not meet these needs and the resident suffers from injuries because of neglect or abuse, you have the right to hire a personal injury attorney. With the assistance of an attorney, your loved one will get compensation for these injuries.