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

4 ways to revamp work culture in the new year

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Created: 16 January 2018
Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 4 ways to revamp work culture in the new year Ahhh. A new year. It’s time for a fresh start, the chance to take life in a different direction. Many of my friends have remarked to me that they want more focus on family and friends […]

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 4 ways to revamp work culture in the new year Ahhh. A new year. It’s time for a fresh start, the chance to take life in a different direction. Many of my friends have remarked to me that they want more focus on family and friends […]

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:

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4 ways to revamp work culture in the new year

Ahhh. A new year. It’s time for a fresh start, the chance to take life in a different direction.

Many of my friends have remarked to me that they want more focus on family and friends this year. They’d like to achieve a better balance between work and home.

On the job in long-term care, perhaps the goal is to tackle the staff turnover problem or increase profitability. Or maybe the hope is that resident, staff and family satisfaction ratings will be better in 2018 or that this might be the year to achieve a five-star rating.

The common thread between these goals is deepening the attention paid to the people in our personal and business lives.

When staff members don’t feel valued, or inspired by the mission of the company, turnover increases, making it virtually impossible to have high satisfaction scores and five-star ratings. Repeatedly recruiting and training new staff cuts into profit margins and damages worker morale.

To turn things around in one’s personal life, conscious decisions can be made around limiting time on electronics or choosing to fill the new calendar year with events that connect loved ones. At work, changes can occur by prioritizing the way staff members are treated and revamping the culture of the company, altering the way people interact.

Whatever our roles in LTC, there are steps each of us can take to enhance the way we treat each other and to have a positive impact on workplace culture.

•  Reevaluate mission and culture. Readers in a position to revise the organizational customs as a whole might enlist experienced guides in the process. A consulting and coaching company such as Drive, with which I’m affiliated, evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a healthcare organization and provides ongoing support to meet goals throughout the culture change process. As a Drive team member notes in this article onCreating and Sustaining a Strong Culture, follow-through is essential. A consulting team can ensure that bumps in the road don’t become dead ends.

•  Investigate known culture change programs. Thankfully, there are many people in our field who have undertaken the daunting task of creating a more gratifying long-term care environment while still following regulations. The new year is an excellent time to take a class with the Pioneer Network or the Eden Alternative, or to learn more about The Green House Model at their 1/9 webinar.

•  Promote kindness. If your job in long-term care doesn’t allow you the opportunity to change the overall organizational framework, you can still be an important influence on others with whom you interact by focusing on kindness.

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