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FAQs for Choosing a Good Nursing Home

What if there was no one to look after the old grandmother in your neighborhood? If you feel for them, then you have a gentle heart, but unfortunately you cannot look after them because you are also busy in your own life. However, there is something you can do about it; you can take them to a good nursing home. Have a look at some common FAQs that you will need to ask in choosing a good nursing home for your elderly.

Is Your Nursing Home a Non Profit Facility?

Nursing homes often work for-profit as well as non-profit organizations, But most of them work on non profit basis. In a non profit nursing home, the staff members work for the betterment and look after the health of the old people. Such types of organizations are not interested in making money; instead they exclusively work for the healthcare industry. On the contrary, the nursing homes working for-profit focus and contribute towards the activities they are interested in.

What is the Level of Care for the Old People?

A nursing home is a place where old people are looked after. Credible nursing homes give top most priority to the old people’s care and do not compromise on the quality of care provided to them. Highest level of care is given to adults unlike in hospitals. From getting in and out of bed to providing assistance in dressing, bathing, feeding and even moving, a nursing home provides custodial care at every level to the old people.

What are the Measures Taken for Safety?

You must never doubt the level of medical attention that an old person will receive in a nursing home. Though you are just trying to keep the aged person at a safer place but you should never doubt the facilities of a nursing home as compared to that of a hospital. Nursing homes have precautionary measures for their safety. They have fire alarms, different routes to escape from different floors, staff is trained for evacuation drills, and the representatives take care of the belongings of your loved ones even in the worst of situations.

What About the Food?        

You would want your loved one to eat healthy and hygienic food, just like you. A credible nursing home always keeps a check on the hygiene of the food. Also, they give a variety to the old people by letting them choose from the menu. The meal is prepared considering their dietary requirements, age and diet,  so that it is palatable, as well as healthy for them. If they do not like the food, they can ask for something else and it is served to them, keeping in view their taste and preference.

If you are going to take your loved ones to a nursing home, then you need to properly investigate nursing homes before making the final decision. While there may be many concerns that you would want to ask them, here were a few to help you out.

Celebrating the Strong Ethics of Nurses

Every year, the week of May 6 to May 12 is set aside to recognize the invaluable work of nurses, who are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. The end of National Nurses Week coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is the founder of modern medicine.

The permanent dates of National Nurses Week were established in 1990, although President Ronald Reagan had signed a proclamation in 1982 declaring May 6 National Recognition Day for Nurses. Even earlier than that, the first National Nurse Week was observed in 1954 from October 11-16. Although a bill was introduced the following year, no action was taken.

Nurses are often considered to be among the most honest and ethical workers in America, according to Gallup’s annual poll. In recognition of nurses’ adherence to the obligations, values, and ideals of the profession, the theme for the 2015 National Nurses Week is “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.”

“Nurses make ethical decisions every day and help patients do the same,” Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of the American Association of Nurses (ANA), said in a statement. “As nurses make decisions, they are practicing at the highest ethical standard, both for the work they do and how they actually support patients and families in the right to self-determination and the care they receive.”

In honor of this year’s theme, the ANA is updating the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements for the first time since 2001. The association is also working to improve nurses work environments through advocacy for legislation to ensure optimal staffing to meet patient care needs and engagement of a panel to make recommendations on preventing and reducing dangerous and disruptive behaviors.

“Nurses Week is a great opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about nurses’ contributions and their expertise,” Ms Cipriano said.

Active Monitoring for Ebola in NYC Triples, Nurses Take Precautions

The news that makes the headlines is what we read everyday, but there are many events associated with big news that never make it to the ‘big screen’ or are placed as smaller articles in newspaper or announced much later as a news event. Such are the broadcasts now regarding the amount of people currently being monitored at Bellevue Hospital as of today.

Most people have been under the assumption that there were only two people left on the watch list; however, it may surprise many that 357 people are under ‘Active Monitoring” at the hospital. This is an increase from 117 from the beginning of the week.

From nbcnewyork.com

Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer is still in the hospital and monitored by medical staff who are taking the highest precautions against acquiring the disease. Despite, this, the hospital is having them monitored as well.  The condition of Dr. Spencer has been upgraded  from serious to stable and according to hospital officials, Dr. Spencer’s condition continues to improve.

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Benjamin Landa, CEO of Sentosacare, LLC, located in Woodmere, Long Island has dedicated this site to the nurses of New York. Mr. Landa is passionate about maintaining quality healthcare for his nursing facility patients as well as the medical staff. Sentosacare owns 15 facilities throughout New York State and is known for its outstanding achievements in quality healthcare. NursingHomesNewYork.com will supply ongoing news and events for the nurses of New York with specific articles associated with Nursing Homes.