Judging Quality of Life in Care Facilities

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What do residents in long-term care facilities value most? What makes them feel most “at home” in their new home?

An international group of researchers asked over 15,000 residents of long-term care facilities around the world these questions, publishing the results, 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.

Here are what people said were the most important things, in descending order:

  1. Being treated with dignity by the staff
  2. Receiving the services they need
  3. Being allowed to choose what clothing to wear
  4. Being allowed to spend time alone when they wish

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

  1. Having friendly conversation with staff members
  2. Having people with whom to do activities
  3. Having fun activities on the weekends
  4. Having staff know their life story

The higher the scores on the most important items, the more the residents said that their facility felt like home. And having their facility feel like home was the most important factor affecting their quality of life.

We at the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers are not surprised by these findings. They are what we always strive for in giving our residents the best care.

We pride ourselves on listening to our residents and patients, providing them with what they need and respecting their desires as well as capabilities.

We have always maintained the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.

If you’ve been looking for a facility that will feel like home, you’ve found it.

Contact us by clicking here to see which of our three facilities will best meet your needs or the needs of your loved one.

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