Decisions are plentiful when it comes to elderly care solutions. And making informed decisions can be overwhelimg, not to mention moving to a new community to help you with your needs can be nerve-racking. You don’t want to move to one community and find it doesn’t suit you, and then have to move to another one. That’s why it’s important to know who you should turn to when it comes to finding the right place for this stage of your life.
Recommendations from Doctors for Elderly Care Solutions
It is important to seek help from your doctor when it comes to elderly care services. You need to know what assistance is needed based on your health conditions.
People suffering from dementia often need help with remembering medications, if they have a number of them to take each day. Some medications must be taken daily at the same time, while others can be taken at any time of the day, and it isn’t a serious health concern if a dose is missed. Depending on the medications you’ve been prescribed, you may need to have someone administer the medication to you or just check each day to see if you took them.
This is why a doctor’s appointment to see what your needs are is important.
Does this mean that the doctor is the best person to recommend elderly care solutions? Probably not.
While your health is a critical piece of the care you need, there are other factors that need to be considered and addressed. These other factors are likely beyond the scope of what your doctor can confidently weigh on for his or her recommendations.
For instance, you may need more social interaction than you are receiving right now. While your doctor may know this, it may not know which elderly care facilities will provide you with this part of your well-being.
This is the reason you need to not only consult with your doctor, but with an elder care consultant.
How Consultants Help Match You with Elderly Care Facilities
Elder care solutions specialists can better help you with recommendations on elderly care solutions. The specialist is able to take the assessment your doctor has done, give you an additional assessment to determine other needs, and then match you up with elderly care facilities that not only help you physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. This way you receive help in all areas to keep you happy, healthy, and safe.
Please know that when you speak to an elder care consultant, you do not need to answer any questions you do not feel completely comfortable answering. All of the questions are only used to help match you up with the right community, but we understand some of them may seem too personal.
If you’re the loved one of an older individual, you can also call us for help. We offer FREE referral Senior Placement Services and we use your information to help you find the right elderly care facility.
Contact us today at (513) 685-8998 for more information. Or complete our Contact Us form. We love helping our senior friends!
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
A 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
● 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
If 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.