Many elderly people are apprehensive about seeking medical care through an elder care community due to many myths that surround the nursing home and assisted living communities. These are misconceptions, however. Some elder care communities have broken free of these myths and have demonstrated to residents and their family members that they can receive quality care in a clean and friendly environment.
Below are some of the myths that you should be aware of so you can understand that not all facilities are the same or provide the same services.
1. All elder care communities are like hospitals
While many do offer hospital-like services, they also go to great lengths to ensure their facilities do not look or feel like a hospital. They understand that patient comfort is key and work to create an environment that is inviting, friendly and less clinical feeling than a hospital. Since residents usually stay in an elder care community longer than a hospital, friendships can be formed with neighbors and other residents. Those staying in the facility are also able to get to know their nurses and caretakers more than if they were in a hospital.
2. Residents have limited rights and privacy
Patients do not lose their rights or privacy privileges once they enter an elder care community. This means patients have the right to voice their opinions or concerns about the facility and their care. The best facilities will take the time to listen to the residents and try to accommodate as many of their concerns as possible. Medicare.gov also lists a number of patient rights that all nursing homes and elder care facilities must abide by. These rights pertain to respect, services and fees, money, privacy and medical care.
3. All elder care facilities have off-putting odors
If a facility is properly maintained then it should not contain any foul or off-putting odors. If a bad odor does occur, the best communities will make sure it is taken care of as soon as possible. If you encounter a foul odor more than once, then it is important to bring it to the management’s attention. If they do not respond quickly, it may be time to look for a facility that takes the concerns of residents and their family members seriously. There are many quality communities that will do so.
4. Adequate care is never provided
If a patient or family member feels that adequate care is not being provided, then they should speak with management as soon as possible. Every elder care community should make it a priority to provide the best patient care with as many services as possible. Some communities even provide extra services that others do not including rehabilitation, assisted living services, counseling and other psychological services and more. All facilities must follow government standards.
5. Every elder care community is the same
This statement is very far from the truth. While some facilities don’t provide optimum care, it doesn’t mean that every facility does the same. You must take the time to research the options in your area to find the best one for you or your loved one. There are many elder care facilities that make it a priority to set themselves apart from the mediocre facilities and prove that they can provide quality services in a clean and welcoming environment.
If you or your loved one is uneasy about seeking medical care, be sure to do your research to find the best options in your area. It is important to remember that not all facilities are the same and some will even go above and beyond expectations to ensure residents and patients are provided quality care and attention.