When the time comes to choose a nursing home, it is important to visit the home and record your impressions and observations. The Ventura Ombudsman Program offers a checklist to help you do this. Make numerous visits to the nursing homes or assisted care facilities you are considering at different days and times and record your impressions after each visit.
When visiting, rely on all your senses to help you assess the care and quality of life of the resident. Be particularly observant of smells that may indicate hygiene issues.
On your initial visit, request the admission’s packet and review its contents. Does it have information on policies, procedures, and residents’ rights? Is it easy to understand? Talk with the residents and their families and staff. Contact the Ventura County Ombudsman office for additional information and before making a final decision on nursing homes. Each facility must post information regarding how to contact the Ombudsman. You may also ask for an Ombudsman brochure which is available at most facilities.
Before choosing a facility, it is important to know the differences between Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE). We have provided an information resource called “Know the Difference” to help you learn more
Each week, the Ombudsman Program publishes a complete list of skilled nursing facilities and Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly in Ventura County