Nursing Facility

Nursing Facility

The Nursing Facility (also called nursing home, intermediate care, skilled care, sub-acute care, or long term care) goes by many names primarily for marketing purposes. With strict state regulations and accreditation procedures, todays nursing facilities no longer resemble those of the past. Our parents and grandparents remember the nursing homes of their youth and unnecessarily fear nursing home placement, which triggers guilt in their adult children. Within weeks of placement in today's clean, professionally managed and stimulating nursing homes, the resident generally finds the experience positive, relieving their children's anxiety level.

A nursing home is defined as an entity that provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitative services to people with illnesses, injuries, or functional disabilities. The services provided by nursing facilities have increased significantly over the past decade; many facilities now provide much of the nursing care that was previously provided in a hospital setting. As a result, many nursing homes now focus their attention on rehabilitation, so that clients can return to their homes as soon as possible.

While advances in medicine increase our longevity, this technology also increases our need for recuperative, short-term, and long-term care. Increased longevity and lack of traditional caregivers for aging parents have resulted in a growing need for quality nursing facility care.

Keep in mind that lack of financial resources may limit nursing home choices. Consider touring several nursing homes and take into consideration cleanliness, amount of nursing supervision, menu, and dining choices.

The important thing to realize is that Medicare may or may not cover the service but most likely Medicaid will if financial eligibility requirements are met. Also realize that care in a Nursing Facility is the highest level of nursing care, short of hospitalization (Acute Care).

Each Nursing Facility has its own personality and may have restrictions on services provided and types of patients they can manage. This is generally based on the physical plant, staffing, equipment etc. Because there are so many variables that must be considered, it is recommended that professional discharge planners/case managers be consulted when attempting to access this level of care. Every hospital has qualified staff capable of assisting patients and their families in this process.