One of the most important things to understand when thinking about Skilled Nursing is that you have a choice.
You have control over where you or your loved one will go- and it’s important that you carefully consider all your options before making a decision. The last thing you want to do is to have to move!
We are very fortunate in the Seattle area because we have so many wonderful SNF’s to choose from.
Last week I talked about things to look for when selecting a skilled nursing- refer to that list to help you evaluate each one. As I mentioned last week, be sure to tour as many as you can- and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
If you are assisting your parents in selecting a place a SNF, I would say one of the most important criteria is proximity to your home. Chances are you will be visiting daily (and sometimes even in the middle of the night) and you will want it close to home! Trust me on this one.
Below is a list of my favorite Skilled Nursing Facilities in the area. I have included ones from all over- and personally toured all of them.
Another thing to consider- if finances allow- is to hire extra help to provide overnight care. We did this with my grandfather, and while it was expensive, it also gave us peace of mind knowing that if he needed to get up in the middle of the night (which he frequently did), or had issues with incontinence (which he frequently did) someone was right there to assist him.
Keep in mind, many SNF’s have less staff overnight, so be sure to ask about the patient to staff ratio. If the patient is a fall risk, or has incontinence issues- it may be worth the extra money to have private help.
Be sure to read next week when I discuss the rights for patients in nursing homes!