Choosing the Best Nursing Home For Your Loved Ones
If you and your senior loved ones have decided that a nursing home is the best option, there are a few things to consider before picking the best for your loved ones. Below we outline a few nursing home criteria to help you pick the best nursing home for your seniors.
Assess your senior loved ones’ needs
One of the most important factors to consider before choosing a nursing home is the exact needs of your loved ones. When possible, consult with a medical professional to get a better sense of the type and level of care your loved ones may require when living in a nursing home.
For ease of travel and visitation, you would most likely consider a nursing home close to your home. Not only would this provide greater peace of mind but it may also be the more cost-effective option in the long run.
Home Environment & Facilities
If you are able to visit the nursing homes, do look out for the cleanliness and soundness of the place. This includes making sure there are effective safety precautions taken within the home, ample living space and as simple as getting enough natural light while indoors. Other aspects to look out for may be, the surrounding greenery (if available) or the security system in place to ensure the safety of the residents.
Staff to Resident Ratio
While visiting for the first time, take note of the number of staff available in each nursing home to ensure that all residents are well taken care of. While there, you can also get to know the staff members and observe their interaction with the residents to get an idea of both the residents’ and staff’s satisfaction. Since the staff at the nursing home will be the primary caregivers of your loved ones, it is crucial to understand how they are currently treating the other seniors.
Food Safety and Quality
Although it may not be the first factor in mind, the quality of food your senior loved ones receive throughout their stay is an important aspect to consider. As we age, nutrition plays a large part in our physical and mental wellbeing. Make sure the daily meals at your shortlisted nursing homes are well-balanced and appetising for your loved ones.
Penang is a north-western state located in Malaysia.
Fun Fact About Penang 💡
Despite the longstanding stigmatisation in Malaysia of older adults living in assisted facilities, the number of nursing homes in the country is increasing. If you are looking for a nursing or old folks’ home in Penang, we’ve compiled some of them here:
Located near the Penang Turf Club, this 24-hours nursing home provides accommodation for long-term residents, daycare options and rehabilitation services.
In partnership with WELL Rehabilitation Group, the facility can also cater to in-house residents and the general population for services such as stroke care, Parkinson’s care, speech therapy, hip & knee replacement rehabilitation and sports injuries. The care centre comes with single and double-bedded rooms for senior loved ones.
- Services: long term care, short term care, rehabilitative care, palliative care
- Website: https://www.johnsonresidence.com.my/
- Location: Block 14, Medan Lumba Kuda, Off, Jalan Batu Gantung, Desa Scotland, 10450 George Town, Penang
- Tel: 6012-638 6623
Harmony Nursing Home
Harmony Nursing Home is located on Jalan Logan in Georgetown. The nursing home aims to improve the quality of life for its residents through physical activities and mental stimulation. The care centre provides an array of services such as 24-hours nursing care, rehabilitative care, wound management and caters for long-term residents or convalescent care.
- Services: nursing care, respite care, palliative care, wound management, medication management, physiotherapy
- Website: https://www.harmonynursinghomepenang.com/
- Location: 3B, Jalan Logan, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang
- Tel: 019-4778244
- Email: [email protected]
Venssi Old Folks Home
Situated in a quiet neighbourhood in Sungai Ara, Venssi Old Folks Home provides affordable and quality living care for seniors. With the aim of understanding and supporting each resident based on their unique needs, it is one of the most highly rated nursing homes in Penang.
- Services: nursing care, physiotherapy, palliative care, stroke care, regular doctor’s visit
- Website: http://penangoldfolkshome.com/
- Location: 15, Lintang Sungai Ara 6, Sungai Ara, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
- Tel: 016-480 5069
Ocean Care Retirement Home
This nursing home aims to deliver individualised and compassionate care for its long term and short term residents. Ocean Care Retirement Home provides day-and-night nursing care, daycare, long term and convalescent care and rehabilitation programmes. The nursing home also supports post-surgery nursing care, stroke care and seniors that may need complex feeding assistance.
- Services: 24-hours nursing care, daycare, wound management, stroke care, dementia care
- Website: https://www.oceancarehome.com/
- Location: 513-D Jalan Pokok Saga, Jalan Bukit Bendera, 11500 Air Itam, Penang
- Tel: 6016-555 4935, 6016-444 3032
Clearwater Care Centre
Clearwater Care Centre is a 3-storey nursing home located in Jalan York providing general and specialised nursing care, rehabilitative care and complementary therapies. The nursing home has 10 rooms with single and double-bedded rooms available complete with air-conditioning and fan.
The care centre also comes equipped with an elevator, lush green spaces and satellite television subscription (Astro).
- Services: 24-hours general & specialised nursing care, daily rehabilitation care, palliative care, cancer care, post-surgery care
- Website: https://www.clearwatercare.com.my/
- Location: No.3, Solok Ross, 10450 Georgetown, Penang
- Tel: 04-218 9000
- Email: [email protected]
Alternative Living Options
Nursing homes or aged care facilities are not the only options for ageing seniors. If you and your senior loved ones prefer ageing in the comfort of your own home, Homage can be an alternative to provide home and nursing care right at your doorstep.
With the largest pool of Care Professionals in Malaysia, Homage can provide nurses, caregivers or even therapists to make sure your seniors’ needs are well taken care of. Home care also gives you added peace of mind, knowing that the health and wellbeing of your loved ones can be monitored by yourself at any given time.
Providing from as low as 1-hour to round-the-clock care, Homage is the best option if you are looking for an alternative living experience for your seniors. We provide caregiving services for your loved ones every step of the way at your convenience. Our trained care professionals can provide companionship, nursing care, night caregiving, home therapy and more to keep your loved ones active and engaged.
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