Years ago, nursing homes were sterile, hospital-like settings with white walls and narrow hallways leading to bare rooms where old people laid in tiny beds.
Today’s modern nursing homes are quite the opposite. They are large, luxurious, pleasant home-like environments providing comfortable living space, beautiful gardens, restaurant-style dining, social activities and a full-time dedicated staff of caregivers.
Skilled Care Facilities
Skilled care living gives you the most extensive level of care a person can receive outside of a hospital.
More commonly referred to as nursing homes, today’s skilled care facilities provide custodial care like bathing, dressing, and eating as well as administering medical treatments, physical therapy, respiratory aid, and 24-hour nursing care.
For some residents, skilled care living may be a short-term solution after a surgery or stroke. For others, nursing care may become a long-term care option for chronic disease or terminal illness.
When is it time to consider moving into a nursing home?
Many caregivers say they won’t even consider nursing homes for a parent. This may sound loving, and selfless, but can have negative consequences.
If the parent or spouse has an unexpected downturn, a devastating fall, or a sudden stroke, the family is often caught unprepared with a serious medical situation they are not prepared for. Many times, it is the hospital staff that insists the parent or spouse should not return home and needs a nursing home facility.
As part of the aging process, the elderly and their families should consider their senior living options before they are faced with an emergency situation that requires a rushed decision.
Ask yourself these questions when considering whether it’s time to move into a nursing home:
- What daily activities do you (or your loved one) need help with? I.e. Bathing, dressing, toileting, etc.
- How often do you (or they) need help?
- Do your medical needs require professional monitoring?
Selecting the Right Senior Skilled Nursing Facility
Nursing homes provide a loving environment for aging parents and spouses to thrive in a safe and comfortable space with instant access to professional medical care and 24-hour supervision.
In-home nursing care only provides a few hours of supervision each day (at best), and still leaves an enormous burden to caregivers who may be unprepared to handle emergency situations.
Skilled nursing facilities gives both patients and their families the peace of mind knowing someone is there for you if and when you need medical attention, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Talking About Moving into a Skilled Care Home with Your Loved One
The time to start the discussion was yesterday.
Skilled care facilities are often a short-term solution that allows patients to heal properly. Often, placing a parent or grandparent in a skilled-care facility comes at the recommendation of their doctor.
Still, it can be a difficult transition for aging parents who are used to living on their own. The best solution is to talk about it before crisis hits, so it’s not a shock or a debate if/when it becomes a necessity.
When time is of the essence, dealing with a stubborn parent can be impossible. Seek opportunities to bring up the issue and talk openly about the options. Share your concerns rather than telling them “you have to do this.”
Come from a place of love and honest communication. Be an advocate for your parent and include them in the process as much as possible. Be sure other siblings and family members are on the same page.
Visit facilities together until you find a place that has both the services and the environment that is a good fit.
Available Services and Amenities for Seniors
Skilled care nursing home services provide 24-hour supervision and sophisticated medical services for residents who have more complex medical needs or health challenges. Services are tailored to meet the individual’s specific needs.
Common services include:
- 24-hour nursing care
- Registered dietician, special diets & three meals daily
- Rehabilitation therapies—physical, occupational & speech
- Ancillary health services—podiatrist, dentist & ophthalmologist
- Transportation secured for medical appointments
- Scheduled social activities determined by client preferences
- Bed/bath linens
- Beauty & barber services
- 3 meals per day and snacks made available
- Evening security
- Help with medication administration
Our FREE Placement Assistance Services
Our team of transition specialists maintains a wide network of skilled care facilities.
We start by assessing the level of care you are looking for and then helping you find a senior living solution where those needs will be met and both you and your loved ones can continue to live life to the fullest!
Best of all, our services are 100% free, with no costs, obligation, or pressure.
You are not alone! We’re here to help you find the perfect fit for your loved one!