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T H E P L A C E T O P U T Y O U R L O V E D O N E ?
When deciding where your loved one will live after a stroke, there are many
variables to take into consideration. Should they go to a nursing
stroke? It's a tough call! It isn't easy to find a nursing home for the disabled
after a stroke. If a survivor after stroke requires round the clock attention, is
the family able, willing, and capable of giving this to them? Will the insurance
cover the disabled stroke survivor, if they return home from the hospital
instead of going directly to the nursing home? If so, what will they cover?
What won't they cover?
These are all questions that need to be addresssed. Will it be a long-term
stay or a short term stay? You want to discuss these things with the doctor.
After taking your loved one home from the hospital, do you have the choice to
admit them to a nursing home, if it is not working out? How does that work?
Make a list of questions and get the answers to them, before any decision is
made. Get all the information you can get...get it in writing, if possible.
You want to know all the pros and cons of going to a nursing home after stroke.
Check nursing homes out in person! What do they offer? Don't rely on the
opinion of somebody else...whether it be a doctor, nurse, or friend. Are
there excercise rooms or physical therapy rooms available for stroke survivors?
This is important...will you have a private room or a roommate? If a roommate,
you want the most compatible situation you can get. What type of therapy is
available for the stroke survivor? Is any therapy available? Is there an
activitiy room and what kind of activities are offered there? Games? Tv's?
Will you have a doctor that sees you on a regular basis, and if so, what is a
regular basis? Will it be the same doctor or do they change around? If so,
how often? What are the visiting hours? How many people can visit at the
same time. What about the nursing staff, checking for medical problems that
may occur? These are all things you want to know, and have the right to
know. It doesn't matter if it is a short term basis or long term basis. You
want your questions answered. You want yourself or your loved one in the
best facility that will fit your needs.
Good luck with your search for nursing homes...it can be quite overwhelming!
Take a break, if you need one. Treat yourself to something...even if it is
a cup of cappaccino...or a bubble bath! Maybe both.
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