What is a Nursing Home?

Nursing homes, often called skilled nursing facilities, senior care centers, rest homes or rehabilitation centers, are intended to provide different levels of care for those seniors who require continuous medical attention and need significant assistance with the activities of daily living (ADL). ADL aid usually includes bathing, grooming, dressing, help with meals and using the bathroom. The majority of nursing homes are stand-alone facilities, but there are also senior care units found within some hospitals or as a separate level-of-care senior living option in an assisted living community.

If you need assistance planning for long-term care of a loved one, contact Hammond and Associates today!

Should My Loved One Live in a Nursing Home?

While the overall goal of nursing home facility care is to help individuals meet their daily physical, medical, social, and psychological needs, the type of care a senior receives depends on their specific health goals and requirements. Nursing home stays are primarily for long-term care, but if a resident is placed there for rehabilitation and recovery from surgery or other traumatic health event, the stay may be shorter-term, depending on the patient’s prognosis and progress.

Nursing home residents not only receive assistance with ADLs but also specialized care provided by skilled nursing and medical staff for more advanced health issues. The treatment might include dispensing complex medications, giving injections or maintaining IV’s, catheters, or ventilators, and advanced wound care. Issues that affect the elderly such as incontinence and limited mobility are also addressed, with residents often requiring transfer assistance from bed to bathroom.

Nursing Home Resident Statistics

  • 70% of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives. There are a number of factors that affect the possibility that you will need care:
  • Age
  • Gender
    • Women outlive men by about five years on average, so they are more likely to live at home alone when they are older
  • Disability
    • Having an accident or chronic illness that causes a disability is another reason for needing long-term care
    • Between ages 40 and 50, on average, eight percent of people have a disability that could require long-term care services
    • 69 percent of people age 90 or more have a disability
  • Health Status
    • Chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure make you more likely to need care
    • Your family history such as whether your parents or grandparents had chronic conditions, may increase your likelihood
    • Poor diet and exercise habits increase your chances of needing long-term care
  • Living Arrangements
    • If you live alone, you’re more likely to need paid care than if you’re married, or single and living with a partner

Living in a Nursing Home

Although some private rooms are available in nursing homes, residents typically share a room and meals are served in a central dining area. Menus are designed to meet residents’ dietary requirements. Healthy meal planning and appealing to residents’ appetites are important features and amenities of nursing homes.

Staff members, such as the Activities Director, design and provide residents with activities for mental, physical, and social stimulation.

Many seniors and people with disabilities want to stay in their home for as long as possible – but need some physical changes to make it safer, more comfortable, and more livable. Others prefer living in a group setting, where companionship and planned activities are available or where support services may be easier to obtain.

Use Medicaid for Nursing Home Assistance

Hammond and Associates can provide guidance and assistance in navigating the Medicaid process. We would like to have the opportunity to discuss working with you in order to obtain Medicaid long term care benefits for you or a loved one. As we engage in this process, we will seek to preserve and protect the family’s assets to the maximum extent permitted by law.

Contact us today for assistance with Medicaid planning!

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