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

Interview with the Commissioner of the NYC Dept of Aging (Silo-Busting)

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Created: 16 January 2018
Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Silo-busting Ideas from an interview with Dr. Donna Corrado, Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging Within long-term care, overcoming the problems caused by silos can lead to better care coordination, increased interdepartmental cooperation and reduced work redundancy. My 1-on-1 interview with Donna […]

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Silo-busting Ideas from an interview with Dr. Donna Corrado, Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging Within long-term care, overcoming the problems caused by silos can lead to better care coordination, increased interdepartmental cooperation and reduced work redundancy. My 1-on-1 interview with Donna […]

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

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Silo-busting

Ideas from an interview with Dr. Donna Corrado, Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging

Within long-term care, overcoming the problems caused by silos can lead to better care coordination, increased interdepartmental cooperation and reduced work redundancy.

My 1-on-1 interview with Donna Corrado, PhD, Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging, suggests there are also benefits to breaking down silos between public and private aging services.

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)

There are 622 area groups in the National Association Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). According to its website, “the primary mission [of n4a] is to build the capacity of our members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.”

While n4a’s mission might seem diametrically opposed to the business interests of long-term care, this isn’t the case in a capitated model. When an organization offers a continuum of care with the goal of maintaining people outside of the hospital and at the least expensive level of care, then private and government (and personal) interests align.

My conversation with Dr. Corrado revealed ways of making the most of this alignment of interests, as well as ways to boost the census in long-term care.

AAA offerings

While NYC is the largest Area Agency on Aging in the country, each AAA has it’s own assortment of programs directed toward the needs of their community. There are core issues common everywhere.

Food insecurity is addressed through congregate meals in senior centers and through organizations like Citymeals on Wheels, which provides 8 million meals to New Yorkers Monday through Friday. At the National Readmission Prevention conference I wrote about last month, the speaker from Abbott Nutrition reported that proper nutrition resulted in a 28% decline in hospital readmissions over a six-month period.

Every community has a case management program that assesses individuals and offers home care services.

Senior centers (NYC has 270 of them!) can reduce the epidemic of loneliness and help identify health problems before they become medical emergencies. Funding for senior centers varies greatly, creating opportunities for collaboration.

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Silo-busting


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