Judging the Quality of Life in Nursing Homes

An international group of researchers has recently discovered what care and services residents of long-term care facilities value most, as well as what makes them feel most at home.

The results published as “Hearing the Voice of the Resident in Long-Term Care Facilities — An Internationally Based Approach to Assessing Quality of Life,” in The Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, listed what long-term care facility residents themselves felt was most important for them.

The four most important items, in descending order:

  1. Being treated with dignity by the staff
  2. Receiving the services they need
  3. Being allowed to decide what clothes they wear
  4. Being allowed to be alone when they wish

The following four aspects of care were deemed by the residents to be the least important:

  1. Having friendly conversations with staff
  2. Having people to do activities with
  3. Having enjoyable things to do on the weekends
  4. Having the staff know their life story

The higher the scores on the most important items, the more the likely the residents were to express that the facility felt like home. And having their facility feel like home was the most important determinant of their quality of life.

We at Atlantic Coast Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Lakewood, NJ, are not surprised to see these findings. They confirm what we always strive for in giving our residents the best care. Atlantic Coast is small, friendly, and known for its homelike atmosphere. We train all our service providers to treat residents like family, with respect and warmth.

Our beautiful nursing home and rehab center is situated on beautifully landscaped grounds, and provides the comfortable and pleasant living experience that is essential to enhancing quality of life, thus promoting recuperation, health, and well-being.

If you are looking for facility that will make your loved one feel at home, you need look no further.

Read our reviews on senioradvisor.com, caring.com, and wellness.com to hear what our residents and their families have to say.

Or better yet, come see for yourself: Contact us to schedule a tour by calling 732-364-7100, or by clicking here.

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