A nursing home is a long-term care facility that provides full-time care and medical treatment for people who are unable to take care of themselves. Like most other senior living communities, nursing homes have evolved to meet the changing needs of the population.
While the traditional image of hospital rooms equipped with beds for end-of-life care still exist, many nursing homes have evolved to accept seniors for shorter stays and include services for younger people who need both long-term and short-term care.
The major change in modern nursing home care has been the addition of rehabilitation services. Physical therapy and occupational therapy are prevalent and considered an integral part of nursing home care today.
Questions to Ask About Nursing Home Care
The information in the following chart offers basic expectations and points to consider for nursing home care, however, each resident will naturally have different needs and a personal perspective.
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Choosing a Facility for Nursing Home Care
It is a good idea to list out personal expectations before visiting a new potential home. Write these expectations down and take them with you. Your list will become a tangible guide and help formulate questions and conversation with staff at the nursing home.
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.
Find Nursing Home Care
Nursing home care plays an important role not only at the end of life, but also during the transition from hospital to home for seniors who need additional rehabilitation services. Browse our comprehensive directory to find nursing homes in your area.
Written by senior housing writer Marky Olson.