Choosing a ventilator care facility for you or your loved one can be a very difficult decision. Since it’s such an important choice, there are a number of different factors you have to take into consideration. It’s understandable that you would feel overwhelmed by the options and not sure where to start.
Here are some helpful tips that will make this decision easier.
If you’re not sure where to begin looking, turn to those who may know. Does your healthcare provider have recommendations? You can also ask friends and family if they have personal experience with ventilator care facilities.
Once you have a few places in mind, do thorough research on the different ventilator care facilities. Make sure the facilities don’t have a bad reputation, such as a history of mistreatment or neglect. If possible, see if there are any reviews available for you to read. Check that the ventilator care facilities have the proper licensure and certification. You might just automatically assume they would, but you should look into it just to be absolutely sure. Also, see if they meet state health and safety standards.
See if you can visit and tour ventilator care facilities before you make your decision. While there’s usually helpful information online, sometimes there’s no substitute for seeing a place in person. Plus, this will allow you to meet and speak with the staff. If possible, you can also try asking current residents about their experience. And see if you can meet with the administrators and directors.
Be sure to choose a practical location. If you’re hoping to visit a family member who is in a facility often, choosing one that’s far away might end up causing issues. Be realistic about how the distance will affect you.
For instance, if you have to drive an hour or so, conditions such as harsh weather would make that more difficult. If you’re closer, you’ll also be better able to monitor the care they receive.
Ask what kind of equipment and technology is used. Is it advanced or out-of-date? For instance, at Better Options Ventilator Specialty Care, we have state-of-the-art equipment that’s usually only found in hospitals. This includes electronic overhead ceiling lift systems, which are great for any resident with mobility issues.
Look into the amenities, which can vary by facility. These could have a big impact on how happy you or your family member is at the facility.
Are the meal and dining experiences satisfactory? Can you look at a sample menu to get an idea of what’s offered? Is the facility able to take requests depending on dietary restrictions and preferences?
How do residents spend their time? Are residents able to go outside? There should be activities available outdoors, but also indoors for anyone who is room-bound.
Is transportation to local activities, doctors’ offices, hospitals, and more available?
Are private phone lines, televisions, and internet access available? Are the rooms shared or private? All residents at Better Options have private rooms, which many people prefer, as they can be much more relaxing.
How old is the building, and were there recent renovations? Are pictures available on the website that will give you an idea of how it looks? This is another reason to visit the facilities in person.
Consider costs and fees. Will the ventilator care facility work with your insurance? Does the facility take Medicaid or Medicare? Will you have to pay out of pocket? Also, be sure to inquire if there are any hidden fees, such as transportation, television service, or internet costs, or other service fees.
Talk with and observe the facility’s staff. Do they seem considerate, polite, friendly, and knowledgeable? Make sure the facility does thorough background checks and doesn’t hire anyone with a history of mistreatment or neglect. And try to see how the staff interact with each other. If they’re rude to each other, it could mean they’re also rude to residents.
If you’re able to speak with the staff, ask plenty of questions. Check that the facility has a licensed nurse available at all hours of the day. How many registered nurses are on staff? Do the staff members have to work double shifts? If the staff members are too overworked, residents could end up neglected or poorly cared for.
What is the ratio staff to residents? For instance, a low nurse-to-patient ratio, like we have here at Better Options, ensures that each resident is able to get the attention they need. If the facility has a lot of staff turnover, that might be a bad sign. Better Options, meanwhile, has maintained the same staff members for years, often resulting in staff forming personal relationships with residents.
Most importantly, the ventilator care facility should be a place where residents are made to feel comfortable. At Better Options, we aim to provide a home-like setting and an uplifting environment. Our facility has beautiful surroundings, with a gazebo and a garden that grows both vegetables and flowers. And family members are always welcome to visit.
We also encourage daily mobility and help residents get out of bed every day. It doesn’t matter how much or how little they can move, as long as there is some movement. This kind of regular mobility will help prevent pressure sores, but also encourage residents’ wellbeing. Residents will be able to get to know each other and spend time together, forming new friendships.
We enable residents to have as much independence as they can handle. As you can see, we are all about making you or your loved one as relaxed and happy as possible.
After following the above tips, we’re sure you’ll find a great place for you or your family member, and we hope you’ll consider Better Options Ventilator Care as a top choice. At Better Options, we provide specialized care based on every resident’s personal needs and preferences. You can find out additional information about our ventilator care facility on our website.