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

Operators Do ’Tremendous Job‘ in Hurricane Irma’s Wake

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Created: 13 September 2017

Despite Negative Press, Operators Do ’Tremendous Job‘ in Hurricane Irma’s Wake September 13, 2017 Published in The Latest News Power has started to come back on at seniors housing communities throughout Florida following Hurricane Irma raking the west coast of the state, as operators are reporting mostly minor damage as a result. Although national news has […]

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Despite Negative Press, Operators Do ’Tremendous Job‘ in Hurricane Irma’s Wake September 13, 2017 Published in The Latest News Power has started to come back on at seniors housing communities throughout Florida following Hurricane Irma raking the west coast of the state, as operators are reporting mostly minor damage as a result. Although national news has […]

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Despite Negative Press, Operators Do ’Tremendous Job‘ in Hurricane Irma’s Wake

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American House Coconut Point in Estero, Fla., was evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma's arrival. American House reported the community experienced a power outage and minor water damage as a result of the storm.

Power has started to come back on at seniors housing communities throughout Florida following Hurricane Irma raking the west coast of the state, as operators are reporting mostly minor damage as a result.

Although national news has focused on the few failings during hurricanes Harvey and Irma — most notably with the viral picture of nursing home residents sitting calmly in waist-deep water near Houston and the death of two nursing home residents in Miami — on-the-ground reports have largely been positive.

“We’ve done a tremendous job as a state,” says Gail Matillo, president and CEO of Florida Argentum, the state’s branch of an industry association representing seniors housing operators. “Thousands of volunteers are helping to restore power where it’s still out, and many are helping deliver fuel to keep generators running.”

Brookdale, the industry’s largest owner and operator, has 137 communities in Florida and had to evacuate 16 of them, according to Matillo. Of those, half have already re-opened.

American House, an owner-operator based in Michigan, had to evacuate three of its six communities in Florida. Nine charter buses transported 250 residents and staff to another American House community outside the direct path of Irma. In addition, three rental trucks were used to transport medical and emergency supplies, including a two-week supply of food and 30-day supply of medications.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 12, the three properties were still without permanent power, but generators were allowing residents to return to their communities.

“The state was prepared. We got the word out early,” says Matillo. “Everyone prepared and evacuated when they needed to.”

Richard Hutchinson, CEO of Discovery Senior Living, reported his company needed to evacuate two communities, one near Tampa and another in Fort Myers. There were no reported injuries to the 3,000 Discovery residents in the affected area.

“The buildings did their job; they held up great,” says Hutchinson. “We have a lot of remediation to do for water intrusion, but no major damage. Once we get power fully restored, Irma should be mostly behind us.”

Discovery communities all feature backup generators with emergency plans in place in case power outages outlast fuel supplies. Additionally, the company worked closely with the governor’s office and the American Health Care Association to alert them to emergency situations when needed.

“Operating after the storm is more challenging than getting though the storm. We had plenty of supplies and food,” says Hutchinson. As examples of post-storm challenges, he cited the difficulty of finding diesel fuel for generators and workers unable to navigate impassable roads to reach the communities.

Many seniors housing workers were able to come down from neighboring states thanks to Florida’s willingness to make licensing exceptions that allowed the help.

“Our state officials were able to work with Medicaid and FEMA to get waivers on a lot of items to make sure that services were able to be brought to those affected in Florida,” says Susan Anderson, Florida Argentum’s vice president of public policy.

Recovery is moving along quickly now, according to Hutchinson. Food and fuel deliveries are back on track as power is being restored throughout the state.

Both Hutchinson and Argentum noted that despite the positive overall experience, there are still many lessons to take away. For example, Hutchinson noted that plans called for having plenty of availability on credit cards for emergency supplies. However, during power outages, stores can’t run credit cards anyway. For future emergencies, Discovery plans to have ample petty cash funds available as well.

“Like everybody else, we’re going to do an after-action review. We need to learn our lessons, update and prepare for the next one,” says Hutchinson. “Hopefully we can do as well then as we did for Irma.”

“Our industry demonstrated why we’re a great option for seniors,” adds Hutchinson. “We talk a lot about lifestyle. But it’s also about safety and security, the ability to have professionals there to handle needs during crises. As a whole, the seniors housing industry stepped up and answered the bell.”

 

— Jeff Shaw

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