Oregon has a long history of stepping up for its citizens by not being afraid to stand apart from its brothers and sisters in the Union with unique or even controversial ideas. Since 1998 Oregon has maintained the highest minimum wage in the nation. They have consistently voted against sales taxes and Oregonians were the first to hold a vote-by-mail election. As the Winter years of the Baby Boomers set in, Oregon's government has turned its traditionally compassionate eyes towards the needs and concerns of its aging denizens. Oregon Health and Science University as well as Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center are both nationally recognized high performing hospitals in geriatrics.
Nursing Homes in Oregon Defined
Nursing homes, retirement communities and assisted living facilities are often confused for one another. Retirement communities and assisted living facilities are quite different and nursing homes stand apart from both of them. Nursing homes are intended for seniors who are no longer able to care for themselves and whose condition requires round-the-clock supervision and/or medical care that cannot be given at home. In contrast, Retirement communities are restricted access complexes intended for healthy seniors enjoying their golden years. Assisted living facilities are temporary living situations for seniors who need some assistance with basic household chores such as laundry services or light cleaning. They don’t provide the continuous and thorough care that Oregon nursing homes provide.
Regulation of Oregon Nursing Homes
Oregon nursing homes are staffed by nurses, physicians, dieticians and other professionals whose primary focus is the preservation of quality of life, dignity and physical care of the seniors who reside there. The nursing homes in Oregon are regulated by two different state agencies: Department of Human services, Seniors and People with Disabilities Division (DHS/SPD) and the Oregon Health Licensing Agency/Nursing Home Administrators Board (OHLA/NHAB). DHS is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the standards of long term care as outlined by the state as well as the federal government. OHLA/NHAB licenses and regulates nursing home administrators in accordance with state statutes.
Paying for Nursing Homes in Oregon
Prices fluctuate according to the care services an individual requires or prefers in addition to whether or not they are living in a semi-private room or a private room. Most Oregon nursing homes are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.
Helpful Resources for Oregonians
Oregon nursing home residents and their families enjoy a wealth of resources provided by the local government and various organizations around the state. The Oregon Health Care Association provides a voice for long-term care patients and their families. Information and resources can be found on their website at www.ohca.com. Oregon's state website includes a resource page through the Department of Health and Human Resources, located at the following link: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/pages/ltc/licensing/index.aspx#cir. The State also offers information on long-term care insurance, resources for information regarding avoiding spousal impoverishment, Medicaid, Medicare and other important resources.
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