Four things to consider when looking for an old age home

by Clive
September 9, 2014

Entrusting a loved one to an old age home is not easy. But if you do your homework well, it will make your decision much easier. Have a look at these four main things to consider in an old age home.

Who works at the old age home?

An old age home will need an administrator who will be responsible for the running of the old age home.

Supporting staff such as clerks, cashier or accountant, nursing staff, attenders, maids and a cook are the basic required staff for the efficient running of an old age home.

A medical officer will be needed to attend to the health needs of the residents. If the home is very close to a hospital where emergencies can be treated, it may be enough to avail the services of a doctor, who works there part-time.

A nutritionist can play an important role by providing special attention to the nutritional requirements of the residents. At least a part-time nutritionist should be appointed.

A professionally qualified social worker is an essential member of the team of personnel.

Wherever possible, nursing staff and health care workers trained in Geriatric care should be appointed.

What are the requirements for medical care in an old age home?

All medicines and medical accessories that may be needed for treatment should be stored as per the advice of a senior physician. For example, oxygen cylinders, suction apparatus and intravenous sets should be readily available. Drugs should be replaced periodically, considering their expiry date. Transport facilities should be available in case there is a need to rush a resident to the hospital for intensive care.


What are the other facilities that could be provided in an old age home?

Recreational and reading facilities such as television watching, video watching, and newspapers and books should be available. Depending on the extent of the physical activity of the residents, more active sports can be offered such as: Tennis, table tennis and squash. Billiards and card tables as well as other entertainment facilities can also be provided.

In today’s context computers with internet connections are more a necessity than a luxury, especially to receive and send e-mails from family and friends. The ability to browse the world wide web will enable residents to be informed and mentally active.

Can the residents help run the old age home?

The residents should be encouraged to participate in the day-to-day activities of the home which may be anything from cooking to maintaining the cleanliness of the home. They could also periodically organise celebrations of various festivals and social events.

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