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
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Serving with Care, Compassion, and Respect––Freedom Home Health and Hospice

Serving with Care, Compassion, and Respect

By Suzanne Dennis, Indianapolis South LIVING WELL Magazine

The Justus Family of Companies, established in 1910, is pleased to announce the launch, licensure, and certification of Freedom Home Health and Hospice (fhhindy.com), the organization’s new home healthcare agency. The addition of Freedom Home Health and Hospice to Justus’s comprehensive continuum of services enables the organization to offer skilled nursing, therapy services, and hospice to clients throughout central Indiana. Approximately 100 new jobs will be created in the Indianapolis area as a result of the growth of the Justus Family of Companies.

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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.

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By Katharine Leppard, MD, Colorado Springs LIVING WELL Magazine

A lumbar radiculopathy is a pinched nerve in the low back. Typically, this causes low back and buttock pain, with pain radiating into one or both legs, which can be associated with numbness and weakness. A common lay term is sciatica. Leg pain can commonly be worse than low back pain. The pain is caused by compression of the nerves as they exit the spine.

The anatomy in the spine is beautiful and complex. The vertebrae are the bones in the spine. These are stacked on top of each other in a column. In between the bones is a structure called the disc. A spinal disc is a shock absorber pad or cushion between the bones. Between each bone, and next to the disc, a spinal nerve exits on both sides of the spine. These nerves can become pinched by a number of issues including a disc injury, by arthritic bone spurs, or a shift in the spine, which narrows the nerve canals. Central canal spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the main central canal in the spine. Typical symptoms for spinal stenosis include pain and numbness radiating into the legs with walking––commonly this improves when sitting down.

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Scottsdale LIVING WELL Magazine

When Gaile Perry Dixon went to visit a distant relative in a west Phoenix group home in 1998, she had no idea how much her life was about to change.

She had always been close to her Great Aunt Mary, once a wild woman of the West in her own right, who had been an assistant producer for Walt Disney, a world traveler, and a feisty lady once courted by former Senator Barry Goldwater. Now she was a broken woman with Alzheimer’s disease who recognized no one.

“My family did not know where to turn or where to start looking for help,” recalls Dixon. “Our decision was made by default and Aunt Mary was cared for by the first adult care home that would ‘take her.’”

“She was with people who could not speak English, could not cook American food, and could not comfort her because she could not understand them. I knew there must be a better way for people to spend the last years, months, or days of their lives than to be relegated to a room where they watch ‘shock talk’ shows and have no one with whom to talk.”

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My kids were skeptical––Fountain View Village

My kids were skeptical…

By Rebecca Quinn, Director of Sales & Marketing, Fountain View Village, Scottsdale LIVING WELL Magazine

The day had finally come. I could hardly believe it was here. We were retiring and about to start a new chapter in our lives. We had decided years ago that when this day came, we were going to split our time between Arizona and Michigan. Our main home was in Arizona and we had a small cabin on the lake in Michigan. Our grandkids could come and visit and we would have a wonderful summer on the beach. It seemed like the perfect life and for a while it was. But, then it became too much for us to travel back and forth, so we decided to stay in Arizona––you don’t have to shovel sunshine.

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Breast abnormalities: minimally invasive procedures should be sought––Midwest Breast Center

Breast abnormalities: minimally invasive procedures should be sought

By Dr. Tim Goedde, Midwest Breast Center, Indianapolis North LIVING WELL Magazine

As a breast surgeon, I frequently see patients who have a breast problem, and their immediate concern is whether they have breast cancer, or even something that will lead to breast cancer.  These problems include things such as a palpable breast mass (one that can be felt), something that can’t be felt (found on mammogram and/or ultrasound or on MRI), nipple discharge or even breast pain.

For the patient, this is often a very anxiety-provoking time, leaving them vulnerable to their own misconceptions and incorrect ideas as to how to proceed. It’s common to meet a patient who “wants it out” usually implying they want surgery to have it removed. Most people remember family, friends, or even themselves who have had surgery to determine whether they have cancer or not.

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By Mendy Putman and Jody Barker, Colorado Springs Senior Center, Colorado Springs LIVING WELL Magazine

Remember the old TV show, “Cheers”? We like to think of the Colorado Springs Senior Center as the “Cheers” hangout for older adults. The mission of the Senior Center is to offer quality of life experiences to those 55 years of age and older, and is a place to connect with people and engage in a community “where everyone knows your name and they are always glad you came.”  If you ever listen to the words of the song––it fits us! As human beings, we all have an innate desire to connect with other people. It’s good for our health. Did you know that when you are engaged and active with others, you can increase your life by 5.5 years? That’s what the experts say and we believe them.

The Colorado Springs Senior Center offers classes, trips, education, events and services for you to get involved, stay active, meet new people and have some fun! There are so many different things to choose from we think you might have trouble deciding. Over 250 activities, each season, are what you will have to pick from and how exciting is that? The benefits of getting involved are endless. We went dogsledding in February––don’t miss out on our summer adventures this year. Trips like the Paint Mines of Calhan, whitewater rafting, and the Wolf Rescue Center are all planned, along with several Rockies games and dinner theater performances.

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Consider an Integrative Approach!

By Stephanie Mellor, DNP, ARNP, Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic, Linn County LIVING WELL Magazine

It is estimated that nearly 37 million Americans are affected by sinusitis every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are 33 million cases of chronic sinusitis, leaving one in seven of us impacted by symptoms like fever, headache, swelling of the nasal passages, tenderness over the sinuses, nasal congestion, and halitosis.

Allergies are often predisposing factors for sinusitis. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is the most common allergy, effecting roughly 7.8% of people 18 and over in the U.S. Unfortunately, unlike others allergens, wind-blown pollen is difficult to avoid, especially in the Midwest. Hay fever isn’t the only allergy Iowans face. March to June is tree pollen season in Iowa; May to August is grass pollen season; July to October is weed pollen season; and August to October is ragweed season. This means allergy sufferers could face symptoms from March all the way through late October.

The conventional approach to these frustrations often includes interventions like decongestants, analgesics (aspirin and NSAIDS), antibiotics, anti-histamines, anti-inflammatories, and even steroids. While often times these interventions do provide relief, they may not be correcting the root cause of a repetitive and annoying problem.

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Salt Lake City LIVING WELL Magazine

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a little known tax-free pension available to help qualified veterans and their spouses pay for home health care, assisted living or nursing home care.

Last year an estimated 1.9 million veterans qualified but did not know about the available benefits and/or did not know how to file a well-documented claim. With 60% of the seniors in the United States being veterans or spouses of veterans, this pension can be a lifeline to allow them to age with dignity and peace of mind, all the while affording them to receive the care they need and deserve.

That is why we are here to help. Our team approach gives veterans, surviving spouses and their families the utmost support through the process to secure a seamless transition onto the pension program. We strive to educate and provide guidance in understanding the Non-Service Connected Disability Pension with Aid & Attendance. To ensure success, the USSV Volunteer Veteran Advocate team provides education through what can often be a complex and confusing experience. As a non-profit organization, we rely on and work with an alliance of elder law attorneys, CPAs, financial professionals, gerontologists, retired military personnel and other professionals serving seniors in their communities.

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Neck Pain––Dr. Richard Jackson

What Causes Neck Pain?

By Richard Jackson, MD, Texas Institute for Surgery, North Dallas LIVING WELL Magazine

Neck pain is a common problem, affecting 40 to 75 percent of adults at some time during their life. Neck pain is more common in females than males. Oftentimes, neck pain is a self-limited or temporary condition responding favorably to simple treatments such as rest, over-the-counter medications and topical application of ice or moist heat.


Trauma, such as motor vehicular collision or sports injuries or occupational injuries, can cause neck pain. Major trauma can result in serious injuries such as fractured vertebra or herniated disc. These injuries can potentially cause paralysis and/or numbness. The most common traumatic neck injury is a whiplash injury. Whiplash is the result of a sudden extension/flexion movement of the neck, most commonly from a rear-end impact. This can occur in any type of vehicular injury, but also sports injuries or even a fall at home or work.

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