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

When is it time to move? By Erica Gioga, The Palisades At Broadmoor Park appearing in SENIOR Magazine

in Archive
Created: 01 June 2016

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. 

 

“I want to maintain my independence.”

Moving into a retirement community can actually provide more independence. When preparing a meal for only one, many seniors lose interest in cooking a balanced meal and put their health at risk. Dining with others encourages good nutrition and means no more meals alone. At your own home, negotiating stairs, dealing with ice and snow, changing the bed or trying to make household repairs can result in a life-changing injury. Retirement communities maintain the grounds and have housekeeping services for those indoor tasks. Joining others for physical programs for strength, balance, and mobility encourages involvement. Transportation to outside events promotes participation in community and cultural activities. Look for a facility that has an on-site health clinic for convenience.

 “I don’t want to be a bother.”

Practically every family member who hears this wants to reply, “It is a bigger bother for you to stay in your own home.” With concern for your safety, a move would undoubtedly put your family’s mind at ease. They know their loved one will be checked on, offered social opportunities and be eating meals regularly. Family members are free to spend more quality time with their loved one rather than just doing the chores.

 “It will be hard to downsize.”

Yes, it will be hard to downsize. Most of us spend our entire lifetime accumulating stuff and deciding what to keep is difficult. This is often the hardest part of the moving process but once it’s done, it’s done. It is a great time to gift sentimental items to family. Many support organizations welcome donated items which may be tax deductible. Having made the move, you will be free to focus on living your best possible life.  

If the thought of moving into a retirement community has crossed your mind, trust that instinct! Now is a right time to explore your options! Contact us at 719-226-2273 or at www.PalisadesCARE.com. Feel free to stop by at 4547 Palisades Park View to see how The Palisades at Broadmoor Park can support you in deciding that now is the right time for you.