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Nursing homes provide compassionate, skilled nursing care to seniors in need of intensive care and support during the final stages of their life. Below are some informational resources on nursing home care, financing options and selecting the right facility for your family member or loved one.

Nursing Homes Overview

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Nursing homes, or skilled nursing facilities, are medical facilities dedicated to caring for patients with severe or debilitating physical or mental illnesses who are unable to care for themselves.

Unlike assisted living facilities, which offer patients assistance with some or all basic living activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, cooking and housekeeping, nursing homes provide intensive, long-term medical care to seniors with serious health conditions in a fully-staffed, monitored facility. Read more about Nursing Homes

Medicare: What Is It?

Medicare is a national healthcare program that provides medical coverage to U.S. residents over the age of 65 years. Those under the age of 65 with certain disabilities and individuals with end-stage renal (kidney) failure may also qualify for Medicare benefits. The enrollment process is automatically initiated at the age of 65 years and consists of two parts. Read more about Medicare

Nursing Home Cost

Nursing home cost is highly dependent upon the circumstances of an admission, particularly whether care is needed on a short-term or long-term basis. While short-term care is almost always covered by Medicare for those who are eligible to receive benefits, long-term care requires alternative payment methods and the costs can be very expensive. Read more about Nursing Home Cost

Paying for Nursing Home Care

The cost picture - Most of the money needed to fund nursing home stays come from private sources; i.e. long term care insurance, stock market investments, selling a home, or from retirement portfolios. Learn more about Paying For Nursing Home Care

Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Visiting Checklist

Nursing homes are also known as skilled nursing facilities. In most cases, admission to a skilled nursing facility happens very quickly as a result of a hospital stay lasting three or more days. Prior to returning home or moving into another care setting, seniors frequently require a short-term stay at a skilled nursing facility where they can receive inpatient physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. Read our checklist for visiting Skilled Nursing Facilities

Choosing the Best Nursing Facility For Your Loved One

There are three basic steps you must take in order to find the best nursing facility for your loved one. First, you must create a list of nursing facilities that you are interested in. You may choose to do this by asking friends and family for recommendations, talking to your doctor, or by researching facilities in your area. Learn more about choosing the best Nursing Facility

Medigap: What Is It?

Medigap is a supplemental insurance plan that was designed to cover the gaps in coverage left by Medicare. Unlike Medicare, however, Medigap is not a government-sponsored insurance program. It is sold through private insurance companies and you purchase the policy on your own. Learn more about Medigap

Nursing Home Facilities: Top 10 Myths

Myth #1: Nursing homes smell bad.

Reality: Most good nursing home facilities rarely smell bad, and when they do, chances are, it will be taken care of promptly. Not only are nursing homes inspected by Medicare every 12 to 15 months, but they are also inspected by family members and other health professionals, albeit more informally, on a regular basis. Read more myths about Nursing Home Facilities

Long-Term Nursing Care: Steps for Placing Your Loved One

Seniors with major health conditions may need long-term nursing care if, for example, they have dementia, Parkinson’s disease, physical limitations caused by a stroke, or they can’t return home independently after a hospitalization. Learn more about placing a loved one into Long-Term Nursing Care

Skilled Nursing Care: What Is It?

Truth be told, most people don’t think about skilled nursing care until an aging parent, spouse or other family member needs more help than a caregiver can provide. Skilled nursing care facilities, commonly referred to as nursing homes, are licensed healthcare facilities that are inspected and regulated by a state’s Department of Health Services. Read more about Skilled Nursing Care

Nursing Home Care: What to Expect

The need for nursing home care is not something most people want to consider. But the reality is that it may be a necessity. Researching ahead of possible need and clearly understanding what to expect from nursing home care gives the advantage of making the best choice, should the need arise in the future. Read more about what to expect from Nursing Home Care

A Skilled Nursing Facility: Choosing the Right One

Choosing a skilled nursing facility is a big decision. Whether individuals need a short stay to rehabilitate after surgery, stroke or illness, or need long-term care, modern skilled nursing facilities offer an increasingly wide range of services and accommodations. Many skilled nursing care facilities provide a staggering array of services to help residents transition from hospital to home. Read more about how to choose a Skilled Nursing Facility

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Common Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation is among the most complex and specialized fields in all of medicine. It encourages individuals to do things for themselves so they can return to their pre-level of functioning as soon as possible. Learn more about Common Rehabilitation Services

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