Nursing Home Summary: Nursing Homes enable elderly people with disabilities to live safely with a varying degrees of on-site care available 24 hours a day. A nursing home may also be referred to as a nursing facility, skilled nursing, nursing center, convalescent home, retirement home, assisted living, elderly home, rehabilitation center, rehab center, eldercare, Alzheimer care and/or rest home.
Nursing Home FAQs: How do I know when it is time to consider a nursing home or assisted living center? The decision to consider assisted living or skilled nursing typically depends on the availability and willingness of family to meet the needs of the person in care. When the care requirements of someone become too impractical for family, then it is time to seriously consider assisted living or nursing care. When an individual has mental or physical disabilities that make it unsafe to be without 24 hour care and supervision, then an assisted living center should be considered. When an individual has serious health issues requiring 24 hour nursing, then a facility with skilled nursing available should be considered.
How I make sure the nursing home provides the level of care I need? Call the nursing home before-hand. Ask to talk to the head nurse. Ask if they they provide skilled or custodial care. Ask if a bed is available. It is a good idea to print the nursing home checklist from medicare.gov and simply run through the list of questions on the phone.
How do I know if a nursing home is Medicare or Medicaid-certified? The easiest way to find out is to find a local nursing home in the Wellness.com directory and call them to confirm.
How do I find the best nursing home in my area? Every nursing home is different. It is recommended that you invest enough time to find the best nursing home that fits within your budget. Doing complete reference checks and spending time in the facility before committing is the best way to do research.
Nursing Home Related Terms: nursing home, retirement home, disability, elderly, aging, facility
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