What Is Long-Term Care?

Long-term care refers to a comprehensive range of medical, personal, and social services coordinated to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of people who are chronically ill or disabled. A nursing home facility may be the best choice for people who require 24-hour medical care and supervision.

What Type of Care Do Nursing Homes Provide?

Nursing homes offer the most extensive care a person can get outside a hospital. Nursing homes offer help with custodial care -- like bathing, getting dressed, and eating -- as well as skilled care. Skilled nursing care is given by a registered nurse and includes medical monitoring and treatments.

How Can I Find the Right Nursing Home?

Finding the right nursing home takes time. It is important to begin the search for a suitable nursing home well in advance of seeking admission to the facility. There are often long waiting periods for available accommodations. Planning ahead also can make the transition of moving into a nursing home much easier.

About Nursing Homes

A nursing home, convalescent home, skilled nursing facility (SNF), care home, rest home or intermediate care provides a type of residential care. It is a place of residence for people who require continual nursing care and have significant difficulty coping with the required activities of daily living. Nursing aides and skilled nurses are usually available 24 hours a day.

Residents include the elderly and younger adults with physical or mental disabilities. Residents in a skilled nursing facility may also receive physical, occupational, and other rehabilitative therapies following an accident or illness. Some nursing homes assist people with special needs, such as Alzheimer patients.

Residents may have specific legal rights depending on the nation the facility is in.

Before the Industrial Revolution, elderly care was largely in the hands of the family who would support elderly relatives who could no longer do so themselves. Charitable institutions and parish poor relief were other sources of care.

Nursing homes offer the most extensive care a person can get outside a hospital. Nursing homes offer help with custodial care—like bathing, getting dressed, and eating—as well as skilled care given by a registered nurse and includes medical monitoring and treatments. Skilled care also includes services provided by specially trained professionals, such as physical, occupational, and respiratory therapists

Features included

  • 3 Chef-prepared meals daily and restaurant style dining
  • Dynamic calendar of activities, outings and Watercrest Institute classes
  • Salon and Spa Services on-site
  • Coastal Living design complete with pool, verandas, and outdoor living spaces
  • Spacious apartments with washer, dryer, and kitchenettes
  • 24-hour licensed staffing and world class personal care
  • Wellness programs
  • Pet friendly environment
  • A state-of-the-art wireless resident call system
  • Medication management available
  • Preventative health screenings
  • High apartment ceilings and spa showers
  • Transportation services seven days per week
  • Housekeeping services
  • Maintenance services
  • Utilities and cable included
  • Move-in coordination
  • Respite stay accommodations
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Once upon a time, those suffering from a specific, and quite excruciating, type of back pain had few options for relief. Recommended remedies included bed rest (sometimes weeks of it), pain management (often through narcotics), as well as cumbersome back braces. Fortunately, for the countless individuals afflicted with this type of back pain, this story continues.

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The Medical Center of Plano has been awarded Chest Pain Center Cycle III Accreditation with PCI from The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). The Medical Center of Plano undertook a rigorous re-evaluation and refinement of heart care processes in order to integrate the industry’s best practices and newest paradigms into its cardiac care services. The Medical Center of Plano state-of-the-art heart care works seamlessly with area medical emergency medical services and other hospital departments to ensure that patients get the treatment they need during the critical early stages of a heart attack. This new accreditation places The Medical Center of Plano at the highest designation granted by the Chest Pain Society: the first hospital in Collin County and the third hospital in the metroplex to achieve this status.

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You probably don’t know it, but sudden cardiac arrest is a big problem in the United States today. Sudden cardiac arrest, sometimes referred to as SCA, is a leading cause of death in the US. In fact, about 335,000 people die each year of sudden cardiac arrest according to the American Heart Association and affects men and women equally. To put that number in perspective, more people die from sudden cardiac arrest in the US than breast cancer, stroke and HIV/AIDS combined.

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Female urinary incontinence is a problem faced by many. Incontinence is defined as uncontrolled loss of urine, and can affect young and old alike. Women often find themselves hesitant or embarrassed to bring it up with their doctor. It can be a minor nuisance or a source of physical and emotional suffering. There are several causes. Fortunately, most women can be cured or at least relieved to a large extent.

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Their words, “Age is just a number,” truly describe the adventurous spirit and outlook of Barry and Fran Lazarus.

Prior to relocating to Summit County, Colorado, Barry and Fran lived an active, involved life on the east coast in West Hartford, Connecticut. Fran, 64, is a retired accountant. Barry, now 66, is a retired urologist and served in Vietnam as a battalion surgeon for the 173rd Airborne Brigade …

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Although each rode and mastered quite different types of steeds, it can truly be said that the lives of brothers Darrell and Buster Welch have—and continue to be—undeniably the stuff of legend.

Today elder brother Darrell, at 90, pilots wheelchairs. Oh, but he’s not the rider—he’s the pusher conveying his riders who are incoming patients, from the admitting area of a San Antonio, Texas hospital where he volunteers, to their rooms. As an adjunct he also assumed the responsibility to keep those wheelchairs in good working order. And on days he isn’t working at the hospital, he can be found …

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She sings. She dances. Of course, she’s an accomplished actress and performer, truly an all-around entertainer. But Florence Henderson also skypes, and e-mails messages and photographs to family and friends, and surfs the net. Florence is very much a testament to the wisdom of remaining engaged and active—mentally and physically—for she too is “one of us”.

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Shoulder pain is a prevailing ailment and accounts for more than 13 million doctor visits per year, according the American Academy of Or­thopaedic Surgeons. Shoulder pain has many causes and is often helped with simple non-operative treatments, but at times requires surgery.

The shoulder joint is particularly vulner­able to injury because of its construction. Unlike the hip joint which has a bony “ball and socket” stabilizing it throughout its range of motion, the shoulder joint relies on “soft tissue” to hold it in place. The “soft tissue” includes the ligaments and tendons (rotator cuff) which surround the shoulder joint. This design allows the shoulder won­derful range of motion, but also makes it prone to injury.

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Admission and discharge from any hospital can be stressful, intimidating and sometimes life altering. Many decisions must be made when you or your loved one is ready to come home. Case managers are in place within the healthcare system to assist families and their loved ones with discharge planning and can answer questions about the discharge process while the patient is still in the hospital.

Discharge planning is a part of hospital, inpatient rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing and long term care facilities. So what exactly is it? Medicare defines discharge planning as a process used to decide what a patient needs for a smooth transition from one level of care to another. How transition is handled is critical to the health and well being of the patient. Ideally the process of learning how to transition home should begin at admittance to the hospital and should involve the patient, family and healthcare providers.

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Beginning January 1, 2010 changes to the Medicare law made it easier for some people to qualify for “Extra Help” within the costs of their Medicare prescription drug plan. Under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) Medicare no longer counts or classifies any life insurance policies as resources. Medicare also no longer considers as income the help received regularly from someone else to pay household expenses such as food, mortgage, rent, heating fuel or gas, electricity, water, and property taxes.

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If you have glaucoma, you are probably using eye drop medications to lower your eye pressure. High eye pressure damages the optic nerve and once the optic nerve is damaged it takes your sight away. Nerve damage from glaucoma is permanent. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to lower the eye pressure and save your sight.

There are many reasons that people don’t take their medications as regularly as they should, and they don’t always tell their doctor, but it is very important that you use your glaucoma medications faithfully. There are many solutions available to help you overcome whatever problems keep you from taking good care of your sight.

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One of the most common minimally invasive surgical techniques of the spine is the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. These fractures can be very painful and functionally in­capacitating. In the past, patients were treated with narcotic pain medication and bracing. Now these fractures can be treated with a minimally invasive tech­nique involving the placement of a tube directly into the fracture site via a small incision into the skin. Once the tube is in place, a balloon is inserted into the fractured vertebral body and inflated to help restore normal vertebral body height. After the height is restored, the balloon is removed, and the intraverte­bral cavity is filled with bone cement. This outpatient procedure typically re­duces back pain drastically and is well tolerated by patients. This type of frac­ture is associated with increased age and other medical issues such as diabetes.

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The United States health care system is in a state of flux. The dynamic economic conditions and recent developments pertaining to the future of Medicare threaten to create a void in care for our seniors.

Potential cutbacks in Medicare will likely affect how our hospitals and physicians are allowed to treat disease processes in the elderly. For seniors on Medicare, without the availability of high priced health insurance, aggressive treatments may become the exception rather than the rule. This may be due to Medicare’s reluctance to pay for aggressive measures in the elderly with a corresponding lack of continuity of care. With these potential cutbacks on the horizon, the need for hospice care will become increasingly important to our seniors and their families.

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What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty, wax-like substance found in the cells of your body and blood. It comes from your diet and is also produced by the body. Total cholesterol in the blood includes various components including HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. Cholesterol has an important role in the overall healthy functioning of the body. The body needs the right level of cholesterol to function properly, but too high levels of cholesterol increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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At least once a week someone will come to my office anxious to move their loved one to our community because they are dissatisfied with the care provided at another facility. I listen to their list of complaints and then ask them how the other facility responded when they shared their concerns with them. Most people quickly respond that they didn’t feel comfortable expressing their concerns to the staff, so they decided to move their parent to another facility instead. Whether your loved one is receiving home health services, visiting a doctor, confined to a hospital or recovering in a skilled nursing facility you can improve communication with the care providers to ensure that your family member gets the best care.

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When evaluating a patient for a mobility device it is important for both parties to discuss all the needs of the patient as well as the intended use of the equipment. Sure, Medicare requires that its beneficiaries require a manual or power wheelchair for use in their home before Medicare will consider payment. But, it is essential to remember that home is not the only place the mobility device may be used. A motorized wheelchair or scooter may be the only way a patient can be independent with their mobility-related aids to daily living (MRALDs), so a manual wheelchair may not be an option. The patient should be informed regarding the requirements to transport the motorized device, and that Medicare will not pay for a vehicle lift, manual wheelchair or transport chair for use outside the home.

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Most people who have worked hard all their lives to accumulate assets generally desire those assets to be left to their children in the most beneficial way. However, for some adult children, a large inheritance of assets could be dangerous, both to the children and for the assets. This article summarizes some of the estate planning strategies you can use to protect the assets from the children themselves, their creditors, their spouses, scam artists, and any number of other threats.

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The vast majority of people in the US will experience low back or leg pain sometime in their lives. Some will go on to have chronic pain and in those over 50 years of age the diagnosis will be often be central spinal canal stenosis. The diagnosis of spinal stenosis is dreaded because it causes pain when standing or walking. Yes, when people are trying to exercise, work, or enjoy an active lifestyle is precisely when stenosis stops them in their tracks and makes them sit. So what is this spinal stenosis and what do we do about it?

MILD stands for Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression. This procedure involves no surgical incision nor instrumentation. After local anesthesia with minimal sedation, small instruments are placed in the back through a nick in the skin. With these instruments, small amounts of bone and significant amounts of ligamentum flavum are removed. The procedure typically will take less than an hour and if the patient wishes he or she can go home the same day. There are few restrictions after surgery and patients can return to work or activity in a just few days.

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COPD is a serious lung disease that over time makes it difficult to breathe. COPD is also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and causes serious, long-term disability.

Symptoms of COPD include; a chronic cough, shortness of breath while doing simple activities such as getting dressed, and coughing up mucus. The most common cause of COPD is repeated exposure to tobacco smoke. This includes your own or someone else’s. Other things that could put you at risk are exposure to chemical fumes, dust, and air pollution over a long period of time.

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“There’s only one place, first place,” say Al and Bobby Unser, two brothers who are just as incredible off the racetrack as their legendary days on it.  To give you a bit of history on the Unser family, Al has won the Indy 500 four times, his last win coming at the age of 47…

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Volumes have been written about him—and he’s written volumes himself—27 at last count with his 28th, Embrace the Struggle, just released in October. Along the way he’s helped so many others clarify their thinking about themselves, in matters related to both business and personal life.

Hilary Hinton Ziglar, whom most simply call Zig, is well-grounded and plain speaking. His common sense approach and delivery have enabled him to successfully encourage and motivate others. Gradually his motivational speaking developed into full time work and led to establishing his company in Plano, Texas, the Zig Ziglar Corporation, offering public seminars, customized educational programs, workshops and keynote speakers, all focused on personal and professional development …

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Halls of fame are abundant, with each acknowledging and honoring some aspect of mankind’s accomplishments. Depending upon how “near and dear” the achievement for which a person is being cited is to him, or her, contributes to the meaningfulness of the honor. For Tommy Lee Jones, his induction into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in January 2009 was huge.

“This might be the first time that I’ve taken an award personally,” Jones remarked to those assembled at the induction ceremony…

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Diverticulosis is an extremely common disorder with an increased prevalence as a person ages. At age 40 only 10% of Americans have diverticula, which increases to 40% by age 60 and finally up to 70% as people reach the 80s. Most individuals remain completely asymptomatic, never knowing they have diverticula. Of those with diverticula, only 25-30% will experience any complication which manifests as either an infection or bleeding.

What is and what causes diverticulosis?

The large bowel, or colon, comprises the last five feet of the total 25-30 feet of human intestines. The colon wall is intrinsically weak and over time small pouches may begin to bulge outward through weak spots in the wall. These small pouches in the colon wall are termed diverticula, or diverticulosis. When complications occur from these pouches it is termed diverticular disease. These pouches can become quite numerous (up to hundreds) and vary in size, at times becoming quite large. They usually occur in the lower colon, called the sigmoid, but infrequently extend throughout the colon.

The exact cause of diverticulosis is unknown, but is thought to be due to increased pressure within the colon lumen and affects men and women equally. These pouches occur more often in patients who are constipated or have diets that are low in fiber. Diverticulosis is also seen more commonly in obese or sedentary individuals. Diverticulosis is uncommon in countries that consume high fiber foods such as Asia and Africa.

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Many seniors worry when trying to decide when is the right time for them to move into a retirement community. Moving is difficult at any age and the thought of having to pack up memories, sort through closets and leave home can be nearly paralyzing. Many seniors feel pressure to move quickly. However, waiting too long can result in a life changing fall making the decision for you. There are many advantages to making a move sooner rather than later. 

“Will I fit in?”

Transitioning from your home to a retirement community can be tough emotionally. Difficulty driving at night, limited mobility and chronic health issues may have conspired to reduce the number of social outlets in your life and can cause loneliness and depression. Living in a retirement community opens the door for many social interactions with an interesting variety of activities to choose from. Socializing with people the same age and with similar life experiences makes it easy to meet new people and form new friendships. 

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A new magazine, with a very special focus, is coming to the communities on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Its name says it all: Northshore SENIOR Magazine. The introductory Summer 2010 issue debuts in July. Northshore SENIOR Magazine will be filled with information and articles that are useful and interesting to seniors and their families.

Greg can be reached at 985-966-7777 to learn more about Northshore SENIOR Magazine and how Greg can help you target a valuable demographic not only by advertising but also giving back to your community with educational and informative articles.

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MD Home Health has been a provider of home health care personnel and supplemental staffing services in the Valley since 1985. Originally organized to provide supplemental nursing personnel to the local hospitals and nursing homes, the company expanded in the early 1990s to meet the growing needs in metropolitan Phoenix for a viable, cost-effective and beneficial alternative to institutional care for elderly, sick and chronically-ill individuals.
MD has been a community leader in providing nursing, therapy and assisted living services to thousands of patients in their homes and facilities through contracts with various state, county and local governmental agencies as well as directly to private individuals. Through our network of specially trained caregivers, MD Home Health provides the experience and quality of service to satisfy all patient needs . . . from custodial care to sophisticated high tech services.

Contact Gary Jacobson, Associate Publisher of Scottsdale SENIOR Magazine at 602-741-5413 to secure your place in our premier full color publication serving the interest of those 50 and older in the Scottsdale area.