For me, we’re a family. Meadowlark Hills is home.
January 18, 2018
Moving to a new home can be exciting, but also nerve-wracking—especially if you’ve spent years creating wonderful memories in the home you’re leaving behind. If you or a loved one has decided it’s time to move to a nursing home, you’ll want to find a community where you can look forward to a new and fulfilling chapter.
Chances are you’re already somewhat familiar with senior living options in your area. Word of mouth and reputation go a long way. But each community—and each person—is different. Do as much research as possible to find a place that’s right for you or your loved one.
If you know the general area you’d like to be, check out Medicare’s website Nursing Home Compare. It provides rankings on quality of care for more than 15,000 Medicare—or Medicaid—certified nursing homes in the United States. Simply enter a ZIP code, city and/or state to view rankings on retirement communities in that area.
Nothing compares to experiencing a facility firsthand. Take a tour and speak with residents and staff to get a sense of their communities, personalities, and the services they offer. But don’t just look at what they offer, also look at how they provide their care and services.
Whether online, by phone or in-person, ask lots of questions:
Finally, the most important question you need to ask is whether you or your loved one can see yourselves happily living there. If a community can provide the services you need in a vibrant environment where you feel you can thrive, chances are you’ve found your new home.
“Schedule a visit and talk to the people living there. Talk to the staff. Get a sense of how the space feels. Does it feel welcoming and pleasant and warm? Those are signs that it’s the right place for you.”
Annie Peace, Health Services Director, Meadowlark