What exactly is skilled nursing?
Skilled nursing homes are residences designed to house and assist individuals who have health conditions that require constant monitoring and availability of medical personnel. Skilled nursing facilities, also known as nursing homes, provide 24-hour supervision, meals, activities and health management support for their residents. Some facilities also offer specialized care for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
When it is time to consider a nursing home for your loved one?
A nursing home may be a good choice if:
- Both medical and personal care needs have become too great to handle at home or in another senior living community. This may be due to a recent hospitalization, or a chronic illness which has gradually been worsening.
- The person needs a higher level of care temporarily after a hospitalization, but it’s anticipated that he or she will be able to return to home or to another facility after a period of time.
What can a new resident bring with them?
The skilled nursing facility will provide all of the furniture your elderly loved one needs in his or her room. However, to make it feel like home, most skilled nursing centers encourage residents to bring personal items such as family photos, a familiar bedspread, and treasured knickknacks.
If possible, visit the skilled nursing home before your loved one moves in, so you can see the physical layout, sizes of the rooms, amount of closet space and any furniture or household items that are included.