Skilled Nursing Facility vs. Long Term Care Facility

Often when people are seeking placement for their older loved one, they start looking for one of two types of facilities either a Skilled Nursing Facility or a Long Term Care Facility. Each one seems like it’s a good choice, but they are very different. Understanding your housing options and how they are different can help you choose which is best for your loved one.

A Skilled Nursing Facility is for Specialized Care

skilled nursing facility providing more therapy than long term care facilityA person who is released from the hospital and needs time to rehabilitate often goes to a skilled nursing facility. This person participates in therapy daily from:

● Physical Therapists
● Occupational Therapists
● Speed Therapists

In addition to therapy, residents at a equipped nursing facility receive medical care, such as having bandages replaced or vitals checked.

Doctors are usually not part of the nursing facility, but residents can be transported to the doctor if needed.

A good nursing facility is only temporary, unless the resident needs long term care at this intensity. Usually, when this happens, the person has to pay for the cost out-of-pocket, as Medicare only covers the cost for up to 100 days.

Some people leave a skilled nursing facility to go to long term care, while others return home. For those who move to a long term care facility, they generally need less assistance than the nursing facility provides.

Long Term Care Facility Provides 24 Hour Nursing Care

While a skilled nursing facility focuses on rehabilitation, a long term care facility focuses on medical and health monitoring. This facility is for older individuals who no longer can live independently in their home. It is a housing option.

The long term care facility provides everything a person needs to live safely and healthy:

● Healthy meals
● Medication administration
● Socialization
● Clean room
● Personal hygiene assistance
● Nurse assistance

Staff members include those who provide basic needs, as well as registered nurses, nurse aides, social workers, and dietitian.

Doctors are not part of the staff at this type of facility. If the person is able, transportation is available for appointments. In emergencies, the facility will either transport the resident to the doctor, hospital, or call 9-1-1 depending on the severity of the medical emergency.

Consider Level of Care to Decide Between a Skilled Nursing Facility or Long Term Care Facility

couple trying to decide between skilled nursing facility and long term care facilityIf your older loved one isn’t in the hospital right now, chances are the long term care facility is the right choice. Some long term care facilities do include skilled nursing services as part of their services, so if you believe your loved one needs a bit more assistance than what was described above, look for one of those facilities.

If you currently have an older loved one in the hospital, a good nursing facility may bridge the way for him or her to go back home after treatment. This way when your loved one does return home they will be much more stable and safer at home.

Eldercare Connections Helps You Choose

After reading the above differences between a skilled nursing facility and long term care facility, you may still have some questions. Eldercare Connections can help you with those questions. Simply call us with them and we will answer them thoroughly. We are a free referral service that seeks to help those who need to find quality elder care services for themselves or their loved ones. We look forward to helping you. You can reach us through our contact us form or by calling 513-685-8998.

Why Assisted Living Services May Be More Friendly Than a Nursing Home for Rehab

Assisted living services may be a better choice for some people rather than being in a nursing home. We will be identifying the reasons for this, and then help you understand which one is best for you or your older loved one.

The Differences Between Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Services

assisted living services are good for old loved ones imageNursing homes are places where people live in a room with 24/7 staff assistance. Meals are provided in a common area, along with some social activities.

There may be a doctor and/or nurse on staff to help with any medical needs during the rehab process, or a medical professional may drop in each day for check-ups.

Assisted living services provide people what they need while they remain at home. The main difference from nursing homes is that they there isn’t care 24/7. The older individual will remain at home, and people will come to the home to help the person.

For instance, meals may be delivered to the home. Some meal delivery services may provide hot meals, or they may be frozen and need to be heated. A nurse may come to visit each day for a check-up and check on medications. A senior living assistant may come each day to help with cleaning and tidying up the living area, and help with activities of daily living, such as bathing and other hygiene needs.

The benefit of assisted living services is that the person stays in his/her home, which can feel much better and be much less stressful than living in a nursing home. And generally less stressful living amounts to more healthy living. And of course healthy living is one of the main goals, so assisted living services may be the preferred choice.

However, there are times when someone does need to rehabilitate at a nursing home facility.

Why Someone Needs a Nursing Home Facility

The following are the reasons someone should use a nursing home facility for rehabilitation:

● The rehabilitation process may need to be monitored much more closely requiring medical assistance quickly if anything goes awry.
● The person is not able to heat up meals in the home safely, especially during recovery.
● Medications need to be administered.
● The home is not appropriate in size and decor, and can be a fall risk as the older person is recovering.

When Assisted Living Services Can Help

assisted living services with family member giving hugsThe following are when assisted living services are better suited for an older individual:

● The rehabilitation process is not risky and the person only needs medical monitoring once a day or every other day.
● The person is able to take medication independently.
● Meals can be delivered warm or the person can warm up his/her food.
● The home is not a safety hazard for the person.

It really has to do with the level of care the person needs during rehab.

How Eldercare Connections Can Help

If you’re wondering how Eldercare Connections can help, contact us. We can review you and your loved one’s exact needs during rehabilitation and see if assisted living or a nursing home would be best. We are experts when it comes to senior placements services, so you can trust us to help you choose the best care during this time.