SIR Management Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started in making health care decisions for myself or loved one?
Your primary care physician should be involved in the decision-making process. He or she can tell you about your physical, mental and emotional well-being so that you can start to understand what care and services will be the most beneficial. You can also visit any of the SIR Management consulted facilities and speak to the admissions department about the needs of your loved one and the services provided.

What should I look for when choosing a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center?
For short-term stays focused on rehabbing a patient home, ask the center about its successful outcomes treating patients with your or your loved one’s illness, injury or disease. Ask about the staff’s knowledge about post-hospital care. Tour the center for cleanliness, friendliness of staff and amenities that are important to you. Ask to sample food and visit with patients similar to you or your loved one.

What should I look for when selecting an Alzheimer’s care facility?
When searching for care for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the focus should be on finding a location that has a warm, peaceful and safe environment. Ask what type of programming is offered and if it is customized to each individual. How do they handle residents who are no longer interested in eating, or those who wander or exhibit behavior such as depression? Ask to speak to current family member. Visit the center and watch how the staff interacts with the residents. Check out the cleanliness of residents and the center.


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