9 Helpful Tips to Find Compassionate Long-Term Care for Seniors

Senior and Adult Child

If you are a family with a senior loved one who could benefit from the 24/7 professional services of long-term care, you are not alone. With the large and ever-growing numbers of older adults in our population today, many families are evaluating long-term care options for senior loved ones.

While there are many factors to consider when searching for the best long-term care for seniors, one of the most important is a reputation for compassionate, attentive care.

A Storied History of Compassionate Long-Term Care

Says Janet McNemar, NHA, MBA, Executive Director at Bryn Mawr Terrace, located in Bryn Mawr, PA, “At Bryn Mawr Terrace, compassionate care is a long-standing tradition and the hallmark of our signature long-term care services for seniors. In fact, Bryn Mawr Terrace has been named Best Nursing Home in the area for the past 13 years.”

“Our reputation for compassionate, high-quality skilled nursing and long-term care services is illustrated daily by our personal commitment to our residents and their families. It is a trait for which we are extremely proud.”

“A history of compassionate care is just one of the distinguishing features that sets our long-term care services apart. Several other factors are also essential in selecting the right long-term care services for seniors.”


Tips to Help You Select the Right Long-Term Care for Your Senior Loved One

The world-renowned Mayo Clinic and other long-term care authorities offer a variety of useful tips to find compassionate long-term care for seniors. Primary factors to consider include the following:

  1. Does the long-term care provider offer the services needed? – Make sure the provider provides the services that your senior loved one requires. Do they need assistance with activities of daily living such as getting dressed or walking to the bathroom as offered in long-term care? Do they need traditional nursing care, physical, occupational or speech therapy? Is compassionate memory care needed?

  2. Reputation in the area – You can also assess the provider’s public reputation in the area. At Bryn Mawr Terrace, our compassion and commitment to seniors and their families have earned us a reputation for  quality care. As a result, we are the senior care community of choice for both physicians and families in the area.

  3. Quality of care – Does the long-term care provider have a Medical Director experienced in geriatric medicine, registered nurses and therapists specializing in physical and medical rehabilitation? Do they provide 24/7 nursing care and supervision, which includes pain management, medication, and wound care services? Also, are certified nursing assistants available to help with dressing, grooming, personal hygiene and bathing for long-term care residents?  We provide all of these services at Bryn Mawr Terrace.

  4. Certification –Long-term care providers that receive Medicare  funding are inspected periodically by state surveyors. Ask how the provider scored in its last state survey. If it had any deficiencies, find out if they’ve been corrected.

  5. Is it conveniently located near your home? – It is important to consider the driving distance to the long-term care community where your senior loved one will be a resident. This is crucial because being close to family and friends can make your loved one’s transition to long-term care easier.

  6. Emphasis on life-enrichment activities – Leading skilled nursing and long-term care communities such as Bryn Mawr Terrace provide extensive life enrichment programs, overseen by a Therapeutic Recreation therapist, for all residents that lift the mind, body and spirit. Ask if the provider has Therapeutic Recreation staff who will interview residents about their interests and preferences and offer uplifting recreational options such as music, painting, games, pet therapy and community outings.

  7. Dining and nutrition – Make sure that three nutritious meals plus snacks are provided daily to all skilled nursing and long-term care residents. Does a dietitian meet individually with each resident to customize a nutritional plan which focuses on their personal needs and preferences?

  8. Environment and amenities – Does the environment appear clean, comfortable and welcoming? Ask if your senior loved one’s personal belongings and furnishings may be brought in to make their room in long-term care more familiar and home-like. Also, are there amenities such as recreation areas, lounges and outdoor patios where residents can gather to participate in activities, enjoy each other’s company and be a part of the community? Are religious services offered in-house to those whose faith is important to them?

  9. Cost – Before choosing a long-term care provider for your senior loved one, be sure to review all details on pricing, fees and services. It’s important to know what is included in the monthly fee and what items cost extra.

Janet adds, “By following these expert tips, you can find a long-term care community that best fits your senior loved one’s needs for compassionate, high-quality care, while also providing you with a sense of confidence and peace of mind.”


For more helpful senior living and senior care information, we invite you to read our monthly articles and tips on a variety of important senior health topics. We also welcome you to schedule a personal tour to see for yourself why we’ve been rated “Best in Senior Care.”


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A Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness

 There are times when the challenges associated with advanced age, a prolonged illness or a chronic condition make 24-hour care and support a necessity. At Bryn Mawr Terrace, we’re always here for you and your family. Our compassionate, professional team treats our residents as family and respects each of them as the individuals they are, all with their own unique life story.

 We understand that each one of our residents has unique needs and desires, so we deliver personalized care and services that are tailored to each individual. The amenities and activities offered within our community are designed to keep our residents happy, fulfilled and living well. From delicious dining to a variety of social programming, we offer a lifestyle that’s meant to be lived!

 Located near Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr Terrace – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has provided exceptional care and services to seniors and their families since 1966. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue.

 Today, Bryn Mawr Terrace serves as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), offering a range of services – including short-term rehabilitation, traditional nursing care, independent living,  personal care, memory care, restorative care and respite care – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing. 

For more information on Bryn Mawr Terrace and our variety of needs-based lifestyle services, please call us at 610.525.8300 or contact us online.

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Bryn Mawr Terrace and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.

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