Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, you may find some questions you may have related to nursing homes and elderly care centers and their answers.
Which ministry is a nursing home affiliated with?
All state and private nursing homes operating in Turkey are affiliated with the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services. The facilities of Asude Life and Health Centers in Istanbul are regularly audited by the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services in terms of service quality and standards in accordance with the Regulation on Private Nursing Homes and Nursing Home Elderly Care Centers.
How many nursing homes in total are there in Turkey?
The Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services announced that the number of nursing homes in Turkey was 376 in April 2017. 142 of these nursing homes serve under the Ministry. The total capacity of nursing homes in Turkey is 31,477 people whereas 25,434 people are currently benefiting from the services of elderly nursing homes.
Who can act as a managing director at facilities?
In order to be a managing director at Nursing Home and Elderly Care Centers, it is required to be a graduate Social Worker, Psychologist, Nurse, Physiotherapist or Doctor. Additional requirements are a bachelor’s degree and a 3-year experience as a founding manager in facilities.
Why are nursing homes necessary?
It is a more suitable solution for the elderly to stay in a nursing home to receive professional elderly care services under the supervision of specialist doctors and geriatric nurses. Meal times and snacks are monitored regularly. Fever, pulse, respiration and blood pressure are monitored regularly. The medical conditions of the elderly, if any, are checked regularly by specialist doctors within the nursing home. Medications are arranged by the nurse according to the needs of the elderly and given regularly on time.
How to write nursing home in Turkish?
The word “huzurevi”, which means a facility where elderly people are cared for and sheltered, is a compound word according to the Turkish Language Institution.
What is the age requirement for admission into a nursing home?
A person must be 55 or older to be admitted into a private nursing home or 60 or older to stay in state nursing homes.
What does a geriatric nurse do?
Administration of Medication
Insertion/Removal of Serums
Probe and Catheter Applications
Taking blood samples
Dressing and Wound Care
Training and Counseling for Patients and Patient Relatives
Can elderly people have mobile phones with them?
Mobile phone is not recommended for elderlies under care whereas it is recommended for elderlies staying at the nursing home to have phones with very large buttons. Since elderlies have poor sight, it would be better if their phones have green and red colored on/off buttons.
Loud phone volumes will make it easier for the elderly to hear the phone from a distance when it rings. The volume of the loudspeaker of the phone should also be high so that the elderly can hear better what the other person is saying while talking on the phone. When buying a phone for an elderly, you should keep in mind that elderly people may frequently drop their phones or spill water and similar liquids on them.
How do I apply to the nursing home?
If you are older than 55, have no substance addictions and contagious diseases, you can apply to receive services from private nursing homes and elderly care centers; however, in exceptional cases, special approvals can be obtained for people in need who are under the age of 55 with a social examination report, provided that have no substance addictions and contagious diseases.
The prospective elderly guest must have a medical report obtained from relevant departments of private or public healthcare organizations evidencing that they have no contagious diseases (or if they have any, they must obtain a report from a clinical microbiologist that it is not an infectious disease or a disease that prevents the elderly from staying in a residential home), that the elderly is mentally and spiritually healthy, that the elderly is not addicted to any substances and alcohol, and that it would be suitable for the elderly to benefit from nursing home or elderly care services.
*Asude Life and Health Center can obtain these reports on your behalf from contracted healthcare organizations.
What are the differences between an Elderly Care Center and a Nursing Home?
Nursing Home: It is social services facility with a capacity of at least 20 guests, offering live-in care services, and established by real or legal entities to protect and care for healthy elderly people in a peaceful environment and to meet their social, physical and moral needs.
Nursing Home and Elderly Care Center: It is a social services facility with a capacity of at least 20 guests, offering live-in care services to healthy elderlies and elderlies that require special care in separate sections of the same building.
What does a nursing home doctor do?
Administration of Necessary Treatment and Medication
Regular Control and Follow-up of the Patient
Follow-up of and Care for Acute and Chronic Conditions
Medical Consultancy and Coordination, including provision of any health-related information and guidance
What do elderly caregivers do?
Supporting daily life activities
Help with personal hygiene
Help with toilet and bathroom needs
Help with dressing/undressing
Preparing and monitoring oral medication
Monitoring vital signs (Heart rate / blood pressure / respiration / temperature measurement)
Companionship / chat and spending time
How are bedridden patients cared for?
Asude Life and Health Center works with staff experienced in bedridden patient care to care for their bedridden patients. Our priorities include:
Maintaining body hygiene,
Ensuring integrity of the skin,
Caring for existing bedsores,
Eliminating negative effects on the musculoskeletal system with active and passive movements in bed,
Preventing occurrence of cardiac and respiratory problems.
Which elderly diseases are cared for in nursing homes?
The doctors, geriatric nurses and caregivers working at Asude Life and Health Center implement an elderly care program for any medical condition of our elderly guests. Elderly patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, paralysis, bedridden patients, patients with tracheostomy, patients who are given nutrition via NG or PEG systems, patients using house type ventilators receive professional care in our elderly care center.
How much does it cost to stay in a private nursing home?
Prices of private nursing homes vary by different conditions. If you like, you can read our article on nursing home prices or this article for prices of elderly care centers.
What is the minimum length of stay in facilities?
In accordance with the 2008 regulation of the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services, the amount of subscription determined for the guest admitted to the facility is collected in advance as 1 month’s subscription and recorded as a deposit payment. Even though the guest leaves the facility within that month, such deposit payment is not refunded. However, in the event the guest passes away within such duration, the remaining amount is returned after deducting the amount corresponding to the period of stay and additional expenses.
When are subscriptions paid?
Subscriptions are paid in advance based on the date of admission of the guest to the facility.
What are the Physical Conditions?
Our Çamlıca facility has a total capacity of 60 beds, which are available in single, double and triple rooms. Each room features a bath and a toilet. 15 of these beds are reserved for palliative care, which also feature oxygen and aspiration system. In addition, all our beds are custom-made as patient beds. All our rooms feature a patient bed, wardrobe, nightstand, table, large screen TV, telephone, special armchairs and chairs as many as the number of the guests staying in the room. The building has a garden of 850 m2 that has fruit trees, which is open on all sides.
Our Şişli facility has a total capacity of 63 beds, which are available in single, double and triple rooms. The rooms in the 4th and 5th floors, which are designed for our mobile guests, feature a bath and a toilet. The rooms on other floors are designed for semi-mobile and immobile guests. This facility has 4 beds for palliative care. All our beds are custom-made as patient beds in this facility, as well. Each room in our facility has a patient bed, wardrobe, nightstand, table, large screen TV, telephone, armchairs and chairs as many as the number of the guests staying in the room. The building has 3 open faces and a garden of 100 m2.
Do we sign a contract?
Nursing Homes and Elderly Care Centers do not sign contracts with guests.
Are guests allowed to go out?
If the guest is of sound mind, they can go out by showing the application that was received from them at the time of admission and filling out an hourly leave form. If the guest is of unsound mind, the guest can be taken out accompanied by the relative who signed the admission application and by filling out a leave form.
What is your capacity?
We have a capacity of 60 guests in Çamlıca facility and 63 guests in Şişli facility.
How are Nursing Home prices determined?
The prices of Nursing Home and Elderly Care Centers are determined by the facility within the limits determined by the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services.
Do you supply patient diapers?
If our guest needs diapers and this is documented with a report, the patient is supplied with diapers by adding a subscription on top of the difference not covered by the state.
Do Nursing Homes and Elderly Care Centers Allow Visitors?
Guest relatives can visit without any limitation of visit, in a manner that does not disturb the guests. However, people who are not relatives can visit upon approval of the management.
When do subscriptions increase and how much is the increase?
The increases in the rates of nursing home and elderly care centers are determined in December of every month by a committee under the chairmanship of the deputy governor of the city where the facility is located, and the facilities are notified of such increase via a notification. Prices cannot be increased in the middle of a year.
Do you accept students for internship?
Our facilities can accept students for internship depending on the capacity and need of the facility.
Who can stay in the facilities?
Turkish citizens and any people with a passport can stay in Private Nursing Homes and Elderly Care Centers if they are older than 55, have no contagious diseases and substance addiction. However, in exceptional cases, special approvals can be obtained for people in need who are under the age of 55.
Which facilities should guests with Alzheimer’s and dementia prefer?
Guests with neurological diseases should definitely prefer facilities that have in-house Neurologists who are paid by the facility itself.
Can I watch the guests staying in the Nursing Home and Elderly Care Center via a camera?
You can watch them to the extent permitted by the Law on Protection of Personal Data.
Are there are regulations concerning Nursing Homes and Elderly Care Centers?
The regulation concerning Nursing Homes and Elderly Care Centers was published in the official gazette no. 28960 on 07.08.2008.
How many courses of meal a day do you give?
Our guests staying in our facilities are given 3 main courses and 2 snacks a day, which are served fresh and warm from our kitchens that are open 24/7.
Problems experienced while persuading and transferring guests to Nursing Homes and Elderly Care Centers:
When relatives of prospective guests visit the facility and decide on having their elderlies settle in the facility, too many problems are experienced when announcing the news to the prospective guests and transferring them to the facilities.
After relatives of the elderly decide on settling their elderly relative in Asude Nursing Home and Elderly Care Center, a Social Worker of ours pays a visit to our elderly guest in their home and determine the psychological condition of, and the care needed by, the elderly. Our Social Worker makes sure that the prospective guests with neurological disorders peacefully let go of their obsession with belongings, money or house and transfer them to the facility comfortably and professionally.
The guests transferred to the facility are welcomed warmly by a team to eliminate any of their prejudices and allow them to quickly adapt to the facility.
The meals in our facilities are served warm and prepared in our own kitchen 1 month in advance based on the menu prepared under control of doctors, taking into account the diseases and nutrition system of our guests. Milk and dairy products and eggs are organically produced in our own farm all-year-round, and the vegetables we need are also grown in our own farm in the summer.
Our kitchens do not have doors, are always open and serve warm food 24/7.