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

What You Need to Know About Joint Replacements–––Dallas Limb Restoration Center

in Health & Fitness
Created: 01 June 2016
What You Need to Know About Joint Replacements–––Dallas Limb Restoration Center

What You Need to Know About Joint Replacements

Courtesy The Dallas Limb Restoration Center, North Dallas LIVING WELL Magazine

The number of joint replacements in the United States is increasing, especially in the last five years. Replacements are allowing more patients to be active and live a better lifestyle in most cases. However, despite good results overall, there are things you should know and look for when choosing your orthopedic surgeon.

Not all joint surgeons are the same

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has done hundreds of studies on outcomes for joint replacements. These studies have found that the best results are to be expected from these trained in joint replacement, have years of on-going experience, do at least 100 joint replacements a year or more and have experience on up-to-date technology. This is meant as a guideline to help patients choose their doctor but there are never any guarantees that excellent results will be the outcome.

 

Fellowship trained joint surgeons have overall better outcomes

Would you want a carpenter to build your house if it is his first one? I assume you would prefer the one who has extensive experience and a track record of good outcomes. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery has found that experience means better outcomes; this is also backed by governmental studies. It takes an experienced doctor roughly 10 to 20 cases to be very comfortable with a new procedure he has learned, but a non-joint surgeon can take 30 to 50 cases or more to be comfortable and may never become prolific at the new procedure.

How do I protect myself and choose the right doctor?

Being an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Richard Buch had exposure to spine surgery but would not operate on a spine. Why? Because he does not have extensive experience in this type of surgery. He could do a spine surgery and have good outcomes but would more than likely end up with a higher complication rate than a fellowship trained spine surgeon.

  • Choose an orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in joint replacements.
  • Ask the surgeon if he or she does a lot of replacements.
  • Ask to speak with former patients. Seek second opinions.

Dr. Richard Buch has over 20 years experience performing joint replacements. He has done over 10,000 hip and knee procedures.