According to data from the American Health Care Association, there are approximately 15,655 skilled nursing facilities in the United States. Skilled nursing facilities provide long term care services and rehab facilities for patients with chronic health conditions.
About 70% of Americans turning 65 will need some type of long term care during their life. However, some patients make the mistake of not doing enough research when choosing their nursing facility for rehabilitation.
Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when choosing a nursing facility and what you can do to make sure you choose the right one.
- Not considering the facility’s location. Location is one of the most important factors to consider when you’re looking for skilled nursing facilities. After all, not only do you need to be able to access the facility for your own long term care but you also want to be sure that your friends and family can visit on a regular basis.
- Not looking into the facility’s care services. Not every skilled nursing facility offers the same services. Some facilities only offer post-surgical and physical rehabilitation services while others off long-term care. It’s important to consider your diagnosis and prognosis when looking into which levels of care are best for you.
- Not visiting the facility. It’s always recommended to visit an organization or business to plan to work with, but especially if you plan to stay there. After all, you would never apply to a college without visiting the dorms. It’s always recommended to visit a facility you plan to stay in for rehabilitation and care. Schedule a tour with the staff and take in the personality and general atmosphere of the facility. Does it feel like a place where you could want to receive long term care? Are there private rooms available to patients? Be sure to ask questions during your tour, too, if you couldn’t find the answers you were looking for online.
It’s important to do your research, read reviews, and reach out to previous patients when you’re looking for a professional and caring long term care facility. The more informed you are, the more confident you’ll feel in your decision.