Before you put Mom and Dad in the Nursing Home . . .

Get them ready.

Make sure they have a doctor and a dentist. Many elderly people don’t — their old doctor retired and they never bothered getting a new one. Get them someone with experience in geriatrics, and get them seen — full physical. Full dental checkup as well.

Get prescriptions. Nurses in a facility can’t give you a cough drop without a doctor’s signed order. Get copies with several repeats on them. Also, make sure they have prescriptions for

a) an analgesic; tylenol is good, but if they have a preference, go with it.

b) a laxative. Senocot or metamucil.c) Gravol, or some other anti-nausea medication, and

d) Imodium, or some sort of anti-diarrhea medication.

Believe me, they WILL need them, and they WILL suffer if these are not available for the staff to give out as needed.

Before you put Mom and Dad in the Nursing Home . . .