5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Long-Term Care Facilities for Ventilator Patients

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There are many reasons someone you love may need ventilator care. This may be a new experience that you’re navigating, or you may just be in search of new long-term care facilities for ventilator patients due to a change in job, location, insurance, or any number of reasons.

Regardless of whether this is the first time you are searching for a long-term home where your loved one can receive the care they need, it’s a challenging decision that requires dedicated attention and careful planning to ensure it’s the right space.

You aren’t in this process alone when you choose Better Options Ventilator Specialty Care. We welcome your visits and questions while you’re making this important decision.

Here are five questions to get you started when deciding between long-term care facilities for ventilator patients.

1. Do You & Your Loved One Feel Comfortable?

When deciding where your loved one should receive care, the medical aspects should trump all, but a close second is whether both you and the potential patient feel welcomed and comfortable in the facility.

Some homes are very sterile and feel like a hospital. Yes, specific care does need to be taken to ensure the potential patient is in a clean, up-to-date location with access to the proper medical treatment, but it will also be their home.

Our facility is actually set up in two neighboring homes with a garden in-between. We welcome intermingling between our guests, and their visitors are invited to stop by daily, or as often as works for them.

We also celebrate holidays and birthdays, and the patients and staff engage socially.

The patients also see the same staff day after day, so an important report is developed, and friendship ultimately ensues.

This social engagement is an important aspect of caring for a person holistically. It spurs healing and improves the overall quality of life.

2. Is Your Loved One Receiving the Proper Advocacy?

Are you used to being the primary caregiver? Even if your loved one has been living at another ventilator facility, you were still likely the one ensuring the person was receiving the proper medical care and dealing with challenging insurance issues.

At Better Options, we pride ourselves on taking over this role so that the caregivers can once again have a more dynamic relationship with their loved ones.

Not only do we contact the physicians to advocate for our patients to ensure they receive needed medication or additional therapies, we also work out those complicated insurance struggles. This might include something simple, like getting a medication approved, or more complicated, like advocating for an insurance-approved wheelchair to aid in increased mobility.

Our staff is trained to work specifically with ventilator patients and know what to look for and ask to provide the best care. We also see the same patients nearly every day, so we’ll pick up on subtle changes that could otherwise easily go undetected.

Just as importantly, we want to unload some of your stress, worries, and frustrations. When you visit with your loved one, we want you to enjoy your time together and not have to worry that the care they are receiving might not be adequate.

We care about your health as well as your loved one’s and can improve the quality of life for you both.

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Long-Term Care Facilities for Ventilator Patients

3. Will Your Loved One Get Enough Attention?

It’s the sad truth that at some ventilator care locations, often due to high patient-to-staff ratios, that not all residents are encouraged to move from bed. It’s also true that even just sitting up and moving to a chair for short durations can dramatically improve the health of ventilator patients. It’s this movement that supports healing, both physically and emotionally.

We make it a top priority to take one-on-one time with each of our guests to get them to move. Depending on their state when they arrive, this might be as little as sitting up in bed. Then it will transition to getting out of bed and into a nearby chair. Then ideally moving about our facility with assistance and continuous guidance.

To make this process easier, we carry specific machines that help lift and move patients, despite their medical challenges or weight. This aids in this process, while also protecting our staff. It’s a win-win that allows everyone to safely move about to the best of their ability on a daily basis.

4. Can Medical Care Be Administered at the Facility?

When looking at long-term care facilities for ventilator patients it’s important to know what can and cannot be provided. Certainly, routine ventilator care needs to be administered, but what if blood work or an x-ray is needed?

While it’s good for ventilator patients to ambulate, it’s not ideal to expose them to unnecessary transportation or germ-ridden hospitals. That’s why we have taken it upon ourselves to administer these services right at Better Options.

We also work with three physicians who provide regular house calls, as well as a pulmonologist. We want to be prepared for the most common situations that our guests will face and designed our facility for just that.

This means that in many instances your loved one will not have to be transported to another location to get the appropriate care. However, if the need does arise, we are fully prepared to handle any transportation scenarios.

Knowing your loved one has immediate access to medical tests right in their own home provides peace of mind for family and friends. It eases just one more burden and provides yet another reason why our facility is the right one for them.

5. Are Private Rooms Provided?

While a private room is not likely a must-have when securing long-term care facilities for ventilator patients, it’s certainly a nice-to-have. And at Better Options, it’s a guarantee for each of our residents.

Our location does become home, and we encourage our guests to decorate their spaces as they desire, which provides independence and autonomy when there isn’t much of that in their lives.

We want our residents to show their personalities and feel welcomed and at ease in their space, while being able to receive needed care. It’s just one more way that we provide holistic healthcare for each person living here.

Selecting a home for your loved one with ventilator needs is not an easy task, but we try to make it as simple as possible by providing the best possible home and healthcare.
Interested in learning more? Reach out to our team today.

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