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

Colorado Springs Senior Center––“Where Everybody Knows Your Name”––Colorado Springs Senior Center

in Health & Fitness
Created: 01 June 2016

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.


There are fine arts and crafts, computer, and lifelong learning classes. Along with entertaining special events each month, you will find dancing to live bands every Thursday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the third Sunday of each month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. We have several support groups along with basic health screening services, such as foot care, dental and blood pressure checks and body massage. Another popular service available to adults age 60 and over is the Golden Circle Nutrition Program that offers lunch Monday through Friday. Thousands of meals are served throughout the year for a suggested donation of only $2 for those ages 60+.  The menu is posted monthly on our website. We encourage you to visit the website––csseniorcenter.com––to view all the class schedules or come by and pick them up.

Are you looking for a way to get in shape for the summer while the weather is nice outside? Join one of our many levels of exercise classes. From sitting in a chair doing cardio chair dancing, to Zumba, salsa, tai chi, yoga, and Pilates; there are so many choices for all ability levels. Don’t be afraid! We welcome you to try out a class before registering for it. If cost is an issue, please ask about our scholarship program sponsored by the Senior Resource Council. You can receive a 50% discount if you qualify.

The Colorado Springs Senior Center operates entirely on endowments that were left to the program in the 1980s. Those funds have been slowly depleting over the past few years with the downturn in the market and investment returns. It is a goal for a NEW endowment to be established through our non-profit organization, The Friends of the Colorado Springs Senior Center, to prosper and grow toward supporting future operations. If you are interested in becoming a “Friend” or would just like to donate to the group, please give us a call. We are getting braver about asking for everyone to think of us for memorial donations and “in lieu of flower” donations.

Don’t just sit at home and wonder about us. You are invited to walk through the door and be amazed at what you find! We pride ourselves in saying that we “try to please all the people, all of the time.” You will find something that will excite you, we promise. Please do not allow yourself to think that the Senior Center is “just for old people.” Let us show you around and help you out of that stereotypical thinking. Call us at 387-6000 to register for our next Newcomer’s Orientation.