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

9 reasons why it’s better to congregate than disperse short-term rehab residents

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Created: 13 September 2018
Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 9 reasons why it’s better to congregate than disperse short-term rehab residents In most of my long-term care career, I’ve witnessed short-term rehabilitation (STR) residents housed together, but occasionally facilities have scattered them throughout the building. I don’t know the reasoning behind dispersing residents, but from […]

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 9 reasons why it’s better to congregate than disperse short-term rehab residents In most of my long-term care career, I’ve witnessed short-term rehabilitation (STR) residents housed together, but occasionally facilities have scattered them throughout the building. I don’t know the reasoning behind dispersing residents, but from […]

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

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9 reasons why it’s better to congregate than disperse short-term rehab residents

In most of my long-term care career, I’ve witnessed short-term rehabilitation (STR) residents housed together, but occasionally facilities have scattered them throughout the building. I don’t know the reasoning behind dispersing residents, but from my perspective, dedicated rehab units work better.

My thinking is based on the fact that people entering rehab are almost invariably in the middle of a life crisis (see The stress of nursing home admission)  – as are their family members – and that staff members are often stretched to the limits of their capacity to manage their responsibilities.

Keeping rehab residents together is better because:

  1. STR residents lodged together find a group of peers in the same situation as themselves, which can be enormously reassuring in anxiety-provoking times.

  1. Co-housing makes it more likely that STR residents will develop stress-reducing friendships and find a team of peers to support their progress in rehab. The ability to form friendships with peers is one of the major strengths and selling points of long-term care.

  1. Being around LTC residents can be alarming for STR residents, who usually have fears that they’ll “never get out.” Observing others being discharged upon completing rehab can ease their apprehension.

  1. STR residents, who are frequently younger and more cognitively intact, can feel isolated on LTC floors that have fewer people with whom to engage socially, and none in their particular situation. This increases their depression and anxiety.

  1. Family members can benefit greatly from talking with other families in similar situations. They’re much more likely to meet other families “in the trenches” on an STR unit. Yes, there are families on the long-term floors, but they’re in marathon mode while STR families are sprinting through a crisis that has reordered their lives.

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9 reasons why it’s better to congregate than disperse short-term rehab residents


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