A Guide to Skilled Nursing Care

Jul-1-2015

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When it comes to choosing a skilled nursing home for a family member or loved one, it is important to understand that it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Our biggest piece of advice is to not let that feeling hinder you from doing the proper research to find the best-skilled nursing home available. Whether you're in search of short-term or long-term care options, the search should be the same. Let us help point you in the right direction with five foolproof tips and suggestions to finding the perfect home!

Step 1: Understand Skilled Nursing

What is skilled nursing? While skilled nursing communities are often referred to as nursing homes, they are much more. As a licensed health care facility, skilled nursing communities provide 24-hour health care to residents in both long- and short-term situations. Those who reside in skilled nursing communities rely on professionally trained nurses to perform services that can no longer be administered at home. Residents have often suffer from serious health issues like a stroke or injury, or from chronic medical conditions like Alzheimer's or heart disease.

Residents at skilled nursing communities often require assistance with daily activities like eating, personal hygiene, dressing and mobility throughout the community. In addition to these essential services, many skilled nursing communities offer:

  • Physical therapy Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medication management
  • Transportation services

Step 2: Determine Your Needs

Relax knowing that the move to a skilled nursing community does not lie in the hands of a caregiver or individual seeking care. Skilled nursing care is often prescribed by a person's primary care physician to best suit the physical and mental needs of each individual. Long-term care is common, but is not necessary for all individuals.

Short-term Skilled Nursing

Short term care is often administered to an individual to help them gain back their independence. More often than not, short-term skilled nursing requires rehabilitation to recover from an accident or injury.

Step 3: Research Nearby Facilities

Once you've determined your particular need and requirements, it's time to look at communities in your desired locations. Do your research online and amongst friends to identify quality locations nearby. Don't be afraid to venture slightly outside your desired area as to not sacrifice the quality of care. It's also important to understand what specialties each community has to offer. For instance, if you're in need of memory support or physical therapy but a home nearby does not provide these services, you'll want to look elsewhere.

Step 4: Take a Tour

Once you several top picks, take the time to visit each location and give them a "test run". Ask to take necessary tours, experience mealtimes and visit with current residents. It's entirely possible to see a location on paper that doesn't quite give you the same impression in person.

Take the time to visit with current employees as well. Ask them about the residents in their community to give you a better idea of the relationship the staff has with each resident. This is also a perfect opportunity to write down questions you have about the community, residents and staff members.

Step 5: Ask Questions

Don't be afraid to ask any and every question that you come across during your search. As previously stated, be sure to write down questions as you visit each community. Several questions to consider include:

  • What's the employee turnover rate?
  • Is there community involvement?
  • Do you have a calendar of events?
  • What's the average price per resident?
  • Are some things extra?

Skilled nursing communities offer many different levels of care. Be sure to weigh every factor when searching for the perfect community for your family member or loved one. For any questions regarding the standard of care and residences available at Crestview, reach out to one of our staff members today!