Making the decision to move your loved one to a nursing home is difficult enough, choosing the right home is downright overwhelming for many people. You want to be sure that it offers your loved one everything that they need and that it is perfectly safe for them. One of the best ways to ensure that you aren't missing any important details in the many bits and pieces you will deal with is by using a nursing home checklist. Here are some of the items that you want to get the details of before you make your decision.


Before you even bother to check out a nursing home, you want to be sure that they have the proper credentials. Every state requires different types of licenses and you will want to contact yours to find out what the requirements are. Make sure that any facility you are considering can provide you with credentials and the numbers associated with any required license.

Medical Staff

You want to be sure that the medical staff that is on board at the nursing homes in consideration has the right credentials as well. Find out what types of professionals are available such as physicians, physical therapists, speech therapists, professionals with regard to dementia if necessary, licensed nurses and aids. The staff should be experienced and professional enough to deal with your elderly loved one and their care needs.

Availability of Staff Members

It is important that the facility you choose has enough staff members available around the clock to care for your loved one. Ask particulars such as how many doctors and nurses are available during what hours in the facility. Also find out what they typical schedule is for dealing with their patients and seeing them regularly. You want to know that your loved one will have medical attention when they absolutely need it and that someone is working with them regularly. Find out if they will be helping them in and out of bed, ensuring that they are not getting bed sores and so on. Make sure they have enough staff to care for the number of patients that there are.


Ask the staff about meal times and what types of foods they offer the residents. You want to be sure that your loved one is not left without food and that they ensure he or she is getting proper nutrition. An elderly individual, particularly one that is ill, can quickly become malnourished and dehydrated if not carefully monitored. Make sure someone will be keeping a log of meals and what they are actually eating.

Facility Maintenance

Look at the facility carefully and make sure that it is well maintained. You want to know that someone is caring for the facility and keeping it from being dangerous to your loved one. The building should be in good repair, the heating and cooling should work properly and no paint should be peeling in the building. If they care for the building they are likely caring for the patients as well.