What types of nursing home care are there?

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Published: 09/18/2011

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 If you have ever looked into finding a nursing home for your loved one, you can quickly become overwhelmed with all the options.  You may ask yourself "What exactly is a nursing home?" and "What types of nursing home care are there?"

 

Most nursing home facilities service the elderly and provide them with skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services to help with their illnesses, injuries, or functional disabilities. However, in some cases younger individuals with special needs such as mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and those requiring drug and alcohol rehabilitation can find these services provided at nursing facilities as well. Over the past ten years the level of service accommodated by aged care facilities has sky rocketed. Most of the nursing home staff now provide much of the care that was already required now in a hospital environment. Resulting, nursing home residents can return to their homes as soon as possible now that the facilities focus most of their attention on the patients rehabilitation.

 

Nursing homes also provide many services to their patients. They include: therapy (physical, occupational, speech, respiratory), pharmacy services, equipment rentals, specialty aid with cancers and illnesses, and other special services.

 

What types of nursing home care are there?

  • Independent Living
    This type of attentiveness is for seniors who can take watchfulness of themselves but just need someone who will check-in with them sparingly throughout the week. This looking after takes place in one's home or apartment, a retirement community, or there are independent living apartments.
  • Assisted Living
    Assisted living facilities are an apartment-style habitat designed to focus on providing assistance with daily living activities. They provide a higher level of service for the elderly which include preparing meals, housekeeping, medication assistance, laundry, and also due regular check-in's on the residents. Basically they are designed to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing home facilities.
  • Intermediate Care
    This is for seniors needing assistance with daily living activities without compelling nursing requirements.
  • Congregate Care
    This is very similar to independent living complexes. It has the aspects of community environment, with one or more meals per day prepared and served in a community dining hall. Transportation, pools, a convenience store, bank, barber/beauty shop, resident laundry, housekeeping, and security, are all services and amenities that may be provided there.
  • Skilled Nursing
    Skilled nursing homes are traditional nursing facilities. They provide medical nursing service for seniors with serious illnesses or disabilities twenty-four hours a day. The state and federal governments have to license these facilities in order for them to provide by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nurse aids.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) or Life Care Communities (LCC)
    These are communities operated and planned to offer a fourth dimension of service. Starting out, most elderly people only need the bare minimum of solicitude and don't require having someone with them at all times. This allows individuals to never have to change their environment and get the specific care that they require throughout stay.
  • Hospice Care
    Hospice care is an infusion of home care and facility care provided to benefit terminally ill patients and support their families through their tough times.
  • Adult Day Care
    Adult day care programs work just like any other day care programs you may send your child. The program provides meals and care services to seniors in a community setting during the day if the caregiver needs time off or must work.
  • Respite Care
    This aid is offered only on a temporary basis. Respite care allows the primary care giver or family member relief for a few days or even just a few hours.

Nursing homes are not always the best solution for retired seniors. Fortunately, the caliber of care choices continues to flourish, with new senior care options expanding to better meet their financial limitations. Some of the different care options include independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing home facilities. Before deciding on any nursing home care, determine which needs would be best suited for you or your loved one to live comfortably. Search our listings to find the best nursing home care in your area!