Tulsa Nursing Home
There are several options for an Alzheimer’s care facilities in the Tulsa Oklahoma area. There are assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities (Tulsa nursing home) and hospices. Each has its own pros and cons and there are particular things you should look for in each.
When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the best thing you can do is to plan ahead. Being by investigating living arrangements as soon as possible so that you don’t have to rush your decision later. There are no standard answers to the many questions that come up.
The Tulsa Alzheimer’s Association may be able to help you answer many of your questions about what lies ahead when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Tulsa Alzheimer’s Association has many support groups available at various locations and at various times. They also provide trained respite care volunteers so that if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s living at home you can get a break. These workers will stay with the Alzheimer’s sufferer for a few hours free of charge. There are also many online Alzheimer’s Associations communities online where you can connect with others going through the same thing. The Tulsa Alzheimer’s Association also has a helpline that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can answer most of your questions and give you referrals to services in your area also. They can also give you names of facilities that are available to you and your loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Assisted living is likely the most common choice in Tulsa and across the country. These types of facilities offer personal care help, housekeeping and transportation services. This is usually a good option for the person with early stage Alzheimer’s, while they are still able to live fairly independently. Most assisted living facilities have specialized staff and areas specifically for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents.
Your next option is some sort of skilled care such as a nursing home. Tulsa nursing homes provide 24-hour care by skilled and licensed nurses. This sadly is often an elder’s most dreaded option, but often the best one for them and their families. Many of these facilities are certified by Medicare/Medicaid and your loved one might be able to profit from these benefits. Many Tulsa nursing homes have dedicated units that are designed to meet the needs of Alzheimer’s patients.
Hospice care is an alternative to nursing homes for loved ones in the last stages of Alzheimer’s. Usually to get a bed in a hospice you have to be terminally ill with a prognosis of less than six months to live. There’re also Continuing Care Retirement Communities as well. These have levels of care from independent living to 24-hour skilled care.
There are many things you should consider before deciding on a Tulsa nursing home or any other type of facility for caring for your family. First, go and visit each facility in person to get a feel for them. There are several questions to ask both yourself and the staff at the facility. Do you like the location and outward appearance of the facility, is it convenient for you and your family to visit. How does the staff greet you when you arrive? Does the staff seem to treat the residents politely and interact with them? Is the staff polite and professional with each other? Are you allowed to visit anytime or are there certain visiting hours? Think about the layout of the building and the rooms. Are the doorways and elevators wide enough for wheelchairs? Is the lighting in the rooms and public areas sufficient are the rooms and halls clean and odor free? Is it hot or cool enough? Is there a place outside for residents to get fresh air where they can go with visitors or, if able, by themselves? Are the rooms private or doubles and are these rooms furnished? Can the resident bring some of his own furnishings? Do the rooms have TV and telephone jacks already installed, and if so how will the bills be handled for each? Check on the facility’s reputation around the community to see if has any quality of Care deficiencies in their state inspection reports? Try to take note if the staff responds quickly to call bells and requests from residents. Naturally, you will want to find out about costs and what type of insurance are required and/or accepted?