We understand that finding the right level of care can feel confusing and overwhelming. We hope that this page will provide an initial guide to finding the right level of care custom to your needs.
Skilled Nursing Facilities
A nursing home is normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide what is called custodial care, including getting in and out of bed, and providing assistance with feeding, bathing, and dressing. A licensed physician supervises each patient’s care and a nurse or other medical professional is almost always on the premises. Many skilled nursing facilities offer nursing care in one convenient location 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Depending on the skilled nursing facility occupational, physical, and speech therapists, are also available. If a patient needs rehabilitation a patient receives the services until they’re able to go home. The label “nursing home has negative connotations for many people. Yet nursing homes provide an important component of senior housing options
Living arrangements in a nursing home
The environment and layout varies from nursing home to nursing home. For example, some rooms may be private and others shared. Rooms may have their own bathroom, or bathroom owns may be shared.
Short-term & Long-term Care Available
Assisted living facilities are group living environments that provide assistance with some activities of daily living (ADLs). Whether they provide nursing services or help with
medications varies among states. We recommend that you contact assisted living facilities to see if they can perform all levels of care that are necessary for your best well-being.
In assisted living, people often live in their own room or apartment and have some or all of their meals together with other residents. Social and recreational activities are usually provided.
These facilities provide help with ADLs. Some help with care mast people can do themselves (like taking medicine, getting to appointments, or preparing meals).
Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. Hospice helps people who are terminally ill live comfortably. When you choose hospice care, you’ve decided that you no longer want care to cure your terminal illness and/or your doctor has determined that efforts to cure your illness aren’t working.
Respite care is a very short inpatient stay given to a hospice patient so that their usual caregiver can rest.
Depending on your needs, you may be able to get help with your personal care and ADLs at home from family members or friends. Home care agencies are also available to help with personal care, like bathing and help walking.
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