Tuesday, October 9, 2012

When is a Skilled Nursing Home necessary and what type of care do they provide?

By Bob Gregory

Are you over 40 and your parents aren't doing as well as they use too? Are your parents disabled or handicapped or are having real problems coping with some unforeseen accident or issue? If you have an aging parent or loved one who meets one or more of the criteria you should consider placing him/her in a Skilled Nursing Home:

o   Has a medical condition that requires a Registered Nurse on a daily basis.
o   Cannot take care of personal needs, such as bathing, toileting, taking medication as prescribed, eating or ambulation.
o   Has emotional, physical or mental issues that prevent him/her from caring for themselves.
o   Must have supervision to keep from wandering away.
o   Can no longer live alone.
o   Requires temporary care or rehabilitation before returning home after a hospital stay.

NOVATO, CA - FEBRUARY 10:  Registered nurse Jo...
NOVATO, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Registered nurse JoAnn Brand (L) examines Sham Tavakoli at the Lifelong Medical Marin Adult Day Health Care Center on February 10, 2011 in Novato, California. LifeLong Medical Care in Novato is a state-licensed center that provides adult day health care and activities to nearly 60 Marin County seniors and would be forced to close if California Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cuts were to be approved by the state legislature in order to make up for California's $28 billion deficit. The deep cuts to Medi-Cal would jeopardize up to 300 adult day care centers throughout California and displace nearly 37,000 people that depend on the service. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
A physician should perform a complete assessment to determine the mental and physical status of the patient. The assessment should include balance tests, memory tests and other tests deemed necessary to determine if the patient can take care of themselves (eating, dressing and standing from 
a sitting position without assistance) on a daily basis.

A Skilled Nursing Home provides personal care and rehabilitation services 24 hours a day. Resi
dents usually have a semi-private room and assist with their daily personal needs. Medications are dispensed
 by nurses and an individual’s overall health is monitored. There is usually a Physician on staff or an individual can visit their own Physician. Meals are usually served in a community dining room and activities are planned for the residents on a daily basis.

If your aging parent or loved one meets any of the criteria listed above or has been assessed by a physician and can no longer function without daily assistance a Skilled Nursing Home may be required.
We hope you find our checklist useful. If you have any other ideas or comments, please leave them in our comment section. We want to hear them. Helping people care for their loved ones is what we care about. 
We look forward to reading yours.

Bob Gregory is an advocate for Seniors and is one of the founders of  www.seniorfacilityfinder.com. At SeniorFacilityFinder.com, we are dedicated to helping families get the Elder Care help they need without having to provide their personal information! If you find you need an assisted living facility or other type of senior facility, please consider www.seniorfacilityfinder.com.

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