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. Nursing homes provide 24-hour supervision, meals, activities and health management support for 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?
Knox County Nursing Home provides all the furniture your loved one needs in his or her room, however, to make it feel more like home, we encourage our residents and families to bring personal items such as family photos, a favorite bedspread, or some treasured knickknacks. If you have questions about what to bring, please see Kevin Godsil, our Social Services Director.