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Questions to Ask about a Nursing or Convalescent Home

Committing to a nursing or convalescent home takes time and effort. Those who need assistance, whether short or long term, should be careful when picking a place to live. A good rest home can be found with some searching, but first, ask some questions of the nurses or representatives. Learning about your center is the best thing you can do to transition into assisted living.

  • When do you allow visits?
    Always visit your potential convalescent or retirement facility first. This will allow you to get an idea of what it will be like to live there.

  • How many nurses do you have on staff?
    Asking this will allow you to gauge the staff of your retirement home. Having nurses on staff at all hours is essential. Many rest homes will have health care representatives and therapists on shifts, even at night.

  • How long do you allow convalescent or transitional stay?
    If you are seeking short-term care, find out how long you will be allowed to stay. Most visits will last several months. Also ensure that your insurance covers the stay, as the costs can be very high otherwise.

  • What kind of training do you provide your staff?
    This is a difficult quality to assess, but try to get an idea of the kind of skill the staff has. For the elderly, a polite and skilled nurse will be much more effective than an untrained one.

  • What daily activities are provided for seniors?
    If you are seeking to place a family member in a nursing home, you will want to know that they are going to have activities to engage in. Otherwise, it might be an unpleasant stay.
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    STANDARD LISTINGS:   NURSING-AND-CONVALESCENT-HOMES IN/NEAR SANTA BARBARA
    Sunrise Senior Living
    1 review: *****
    1312 15th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404
    (310) 899-1976 Write review for this local business

    "Looks great, but looks no substance, feels like a nut house, too much chaos everywhere ..."
    Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center of Hawthorne
    1 review: *****
    13922 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
    (310) 675-3304 Write review for this local business

    "So we found Windsor Gardens of Hawthorne by word of mouth. My fathers friend placed his wife there and had nothing but nice thing to say. When I first went there for a tour every was very sweet and nice. what really sold me on the place was the new administrator he told me that he has an opened door policy and that if there were any questions or concerns I could go right to him. That is reall ..."
    Los Palos Convalescent Hospital
    1 review: *****
    1430 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90732
    (310) 832-6431 Write review for this local business

    "Worst place ever don't put your love ones here unless you have a private nursing for them ..."
    Assisted Health Care Services Write review for this local business
    228 W Carrillo St Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 569-2000  
    Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Write review for this local business
    222 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 965-5555  
    Your Home-Rcfe Write review for this local business
    3223 Vista Arroyo, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
    (805) 569-2125  
    Maravilla Write review for this local business
    5486 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
    (805) 308-9585  
    Danelle's Home for The Elderly Write review for this local business
    16 San Dimas Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
    (805) 964-3401  
    Villa Alamar Write review for this local business
    45 E Alamar Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 682-9345  
    Wood Glen Hall Write review for this local business
    3010 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 687-8331  
    Samarkand Write review for this local business
    2550 Treasure Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 687-0701  
    Mission Terrace Convalescent Hospital Write review for this local business
    623 W Junipero St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 682-7443  
    Elms Residential Home Care Write review for this local business
    67 E Barnett St, Ventura, CA 93001
    (805) 643-2176  
    Los Robles Care Center Write review for this local business
    601 N Montgomery St, Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 646-8124  
    Manor of Ojai The Write review for this local business
    108 W Eucalyptus St, Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 646-1489  
    Ojai Valley Community Hospital Write review for this local business
    1306 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 646-1401  
    Solvang Lutheran Home Write review for this local business
    636 Atterdag Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
    (805) 688-3263  
    TLC Home Write review for this local business
    2903 Buckboard Ln, Solvang, CA 93463
    (805) 688-8278  
    Santa Ynez Valley Recovery Residence Write review for this local business
    636 Atterdag Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
    (805) 688-5645  
    Victoria Ventura Healthcare LLC Write review for this local business
    5445 Everglades St, Ventura, CA 93003
    (805) 642-1736  
    Long Term Care Ombudsman Write review for this local business
    2021 Sperry Ave Ste 35, Ventura, CA 93003
    (805) 658-1986  
    Cypress Place Senior Living Write review for this local business
    1220 Cypress Point Ln, Ventura, CA 93003
    (805) 918-5078  

    Convalescent homes and nursing facilities for the elderly are a major business now. More and more people are seeing the need for assisted living facilities and retirement community locations. Many people work in this business because of how rewarding it can be. Most nurse professionals and skilled caretakers that work in this field enjoy helping people. Depending on what type of senior home or convalescent facility you work in, the clients or patients will vary in regards to what they need each day.

    Since many professionals that work in convalescent homes and senior living facilities have to care for the elderly and sick, it is common to need a nursing degree before becoming employed in this field. After all, you may be dealing with the health of another adult day and night. Some clients will be long term and others will only live there a short amount of time until they recover from an illness. Either way, they will require you to give them a certain level of care. Then again, some nursing center locations and retirement homes do not require a college degree. You will be trained at the facility you work at. However, you still may be responsible to care for a life. This is a serious job position that requires care and patience.

    Any time you work in a nursing center or convalescent home to assist the elderly, you can expect to work with nurses, doctors, and other caregivers. Also, senior living facilities are commonly frequented by family members, so you can expect to encounter them regularly.



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