Millrace Nursing Home Care Home Guide
Guide To Choosing A Private Nursing Home
If you are looking for nursing home care for yourself or a loved one, you will naturally wish to have access to as much information as possible about your options,or about a nursing home you may be considering. Up to 30th June 2009, The HSE was responsible for inspecting private nursing homes across Ireland and posted reports of its inspections on this site. From 1st July 2009, all designated centres, including Health Service Executive (HSE) run centres, private and voluntary centres are subject to independent inspection by Health Information and Quality Authority.
The guide is designed to help you make informed decisions about nursing home care, whether you are planning ahead or need to make an unexpected decision. Choosing a nursing home can be very stressful for you and your loved ones. It is helpful to plan ahead, consider all your long term options, and make good financial plans early.
Planning ahead gives you and your family more control.
Before you get started
You may have other long term care options like community services or home care depending on your resources and needs. Before choosing a nursing home, see if oneof these other choices might be better for you or if they might help after a short nursing home stay.
If you are helping another person
Helping another person choose a nursing home or make other long term care choices can be difficult. Your support is important and can help your loved one adjust togetting a new service or living in a new setting like a nursing home. Be sure to include the person you are helping when making decisions whenever possible.Always make decisions with their needs and preferences in mind.
Check the HSE/HIQA website for a list of nursing homes in your areas. Ask people you trust if they have had personal experience with nursing homes, they may be ableto recommend one for you.
Make arrangements to visit the Nursing Home to gain first hand experience of the home and what it offers.
Visit the nursing homes you are interested in or have someone visit for you. A visit gives you the chance to see the residents, staff and nursing home setting. Before you visit, consider what is important to you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, ask the staff to explain anything you see and hear that you don’t understand, ask who to call if you have further questions. Visit the nursing home a second time on a different day and at a different time then when you first visited the nursing home. Try to visit during late morning or midday. This allows you to see the residents when they are in their daily routine, mealtimes and what activities are taking place. You may need to make an appointment in advance prior to your initial visit.