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

Vacation envy, or ‘How to get your groove back’

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Created: 13 July 2018
Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Vacation envy, or ‘How to get your groove back’ Perhaps, like me, you’ve recently had time off from work but the only break on the near horizon is a measly midweek Independence Day. Or maybe, like a coworker of mine, you’ve scheduled your summer vacation for […]

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Vacation envy, or ‘How to get your groove back’ Perhaps, like me, you’ve recently had time off from work but the only break on the near horizon is a measly midweek Independence Day. Or maybe, like a coworker of mine, you’ve scheduled your summer vacation for […]

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

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Vacation envy, or ‘How to get your groove back’

Perhaps, like me, you’ve recently had time off from work but the only break on the near horizon is a measly midweek Independence Day.

Or maybe, like a coworker of mine, you’ve scheduled your summer vacation for the last week of August and you’re holding down the fort for your coworkers in the middle of a heat wave, watching others return to work tan, energized and eager to show off their vacation photos.

Or possibly you’re just plain tired, exhibiting some of the symptoms below:

1.  Wondering if the work you do really makes a difference.

2.  Feeling overwhelmed by regulatory requirements.

3.  Noticing every unfilled sanitizer dispenser and every chip in the wood veneer furniture.

4.  Wanting to buy gifts for all the elders. (This is both a sign of and a contributor to fatigue)

5.  Considering lying down on one of the resident’s beds for an afternoon nap.

If you recognize any of these signs in yourself, it’s wise to take note and to take steps toward self-care. Our work is important and the attitude with which we complete our tasks matters. Especially in jobs where we care for others, we need to “fill the well,” as the saying goes, because it’s impossible to “pour from an empty cup.”

How to get your groove back

If your vacation break is behind you, or so far ahead that you wonder how you’re going to make it, try these ideas to re-energize and add zip to your workday.

1.  Complete your paperwork in a quiet corner of the nursing home patio.

2.  Take up a new hobby or rekindle an interest in an old one. Tennis, anyone?

3.  Take a mental health day, morning, or afternoon. For added mileage, don’t tell anyone at all.

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Vacation envy, or ‘How to get your groove back’


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