Both the yellow pages “Guide to Retirement Living” and care publications/eldernet’s “A Question of Care” have some worthwhile information on what to look for when choosing a rest home or private hospital.
You can also go online and check:
It is important that you find the right home that suits you both emotionally & physically, when you visit homes here are a few things to look out for
How does the home “feel” when you walk in?
Do the residents look happy, well nourished and cared for?
Does the facility have regular training for its staff and appropriate staffing levels?
Does the facility have a continuous quality improvement programme in place?
Enquire about medical care and other health professional services
What is the home’s policy on smoking and alcohol?
Does the facility allow the resident to bring their pets?
Are there any restrictions regarding visiting hours?
Do the meals look nutritious? Are the portions sufficient and does the facility take individual likes & dislikes into account?