Most nursing homes and care facilities provide basic treatment and care options for the elderly. However, some nursing home residents will need more than the basic treatment and care. This is especially the case if a resident has an underlying medical condition that needs special care. If your loved one fits in this category, you should make sure that a home can provide specialized care before choosing it as the right place for your loved one. In this section, we discuss some health issues that will need special care.
Osteoporosis is a common issue for the elderly. If your loved one faces this issue, make sure to choose a nursing home that offers specialized meal plans and exercise options. Your loved one should have a diet rich in calcium. They should also have regular access to the outdoors so that they can get exercise and Vitamin D. Both are helpful in treating osteoporosis. Finally, make sure that the home offers physical therapy or workouts to help your loved one maintain their strength, muscle, and flexibility.
Heart disease is another common issue that the elderly can face. Make sure you choose a home that will adhere to the dietary restrictions that those with heart disease should follow. Also make sure that the home can keep your loved one’s stress levels low, provide medication, and prevent smoking.
Next, consider if your loved one faces a mental illness issue. Staff members need to be trained to deal with mental illness issues in order to keep all residents safe. Your loved one should also have access to therapy if they suffer from a mental illness.
Breathing issues can also occur in the elderly. This might be the byproduct of years of smoking, genetics, environmental factors, and more. Breathing issues should be monitored by nursing home staff and your loved one should have access to any necessary medications.
Specialty care should also be provided in the form of range of motion and stretching exercises to keep your loved one mobile. Your loved one should have the opportunity to work with personal trainers, physical therapists, and more in order to maintain their health.
These are just a few examples of special circumstances that might arise for your loved one and require speciality care. Make sure that you discuss any illnesses or issues that your loved one has before choosing a nursing home. You should feel confident that the home can take care of these issues and prevent them from getting worse. Proper staff such as registered nurses should check in with your loved one frequently. If they need access to speciality equipment or medical devices, they should get in the home. If a home you are considering does not provide the needed care, you should look into different options.
If you have additional questions about speciality care in nursing homes, please contact our office. We can provide the answers that you need and give you additional resources to help with your nursing home experience.