What is a Nursing Home?
Choosing the Best Long Term Care Facilities for Your Loved One
What is a nursing home? A nursing home is the highest care environment for today’s seniors that require the skilled nursing services of a physician, nurse, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist or a respiratory therapist. These facilities are mostly paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. A nursing home is usually used more for a short term rehabilitation stay than as a long term care facilities option unless the senior is on a Medicaid program.
Most seniors will never need a nursing home due to the increased services that assisted living and Dementia/Alzheimer’s/Memory Care Communities can perform. Private pay is rarely used in this care setting due to recurring cost ranging from $250.00 to $400.00 per day. Nursing homes are considered the most restrictive environments for seniors.
Special licensing is required in certain states.
This is my story
W.R. Albuquerque, New Mexico
“When mom fell and broke her hip, we thought she would be in the hospital for months. We were told that it was once like that, but now seniors went to recover at a Skilled Nursing Center, or sometimes called a Rehabilitation Center. At the nursing home, mom received her wound care and physical therapy and was soon walking up and down the halls. When it was time for mom to be discharged we all felt that assisted living was a better option for her instead of going home alone. CarePatrol showed us several care options in our area that met mom’s care needs as well as falling within her budget. I was greatful for the excellent rehabilitation skills of the nursing home, but even more greatful our new friends at her assisted living community”.