OKLAHOMA’S FREE ADVICE FOR FAMILIES’ NURSING HOMES OR ASSISTED LIVING EVALUATING OPTIONS
Every family wants to ensure that their love ones are in safe hands, most especially when they are getting older or has some kind of disability.
They need a secure place in assisting them to meet their necessary needs, so we think of a better institution for them to fill those special care demands.
In a news release, the Enid office of the Long Term Care Authority is proposing a free advice for families evaluating options for nursing homes or assisted living.
Stated on LTCA’s press release, the Oklahoma State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, a sub-unit of Oklahoma Department of Human Services, is available for "advocacy, problem solving, complaint intake and information.
"When it becomes necessary for someone to enter a nursing or assisted living home, the individual and their family are faced with a very difficult and complex decision; Which is the best home?" said LTCA ombudsman supervisor David Huff in the press release. "Unfortunately, there is no easy answer."
Every nursing home and assisted living facility in Oklahoma is surveyed by Oklahoma State Department of Health annually.
Copies of facility surveys are available at https://www.ok.gov/health, then go to "Long term care inspection surveys" and use the search function. Every facility is required to have a copy of the most recent survey available to the public.
"Word of mouth in the community may be factored into the decision, but should be received with caution," Huff said. "Facilities have different personalities and a facility that one resident dislikes may be well liked by others."
Though the federal government has developed a five-star rating system for nursing homes, with attached information on every nursing home accepting Medicare or Medicaid, Erudite Nursing Institute™, in its stand, believes that it is still not a sufficient option to rate nursing homes or assisted living facilities. That’s why the institute is much thankful for the Enid office of the Long Term Care Authority, in developing an initiative to suffice the gaps concerning the evaluation of nursing homes through free evaluating options in much detailed perspective.
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