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

My kids were skeptical––Fountain View Village

in Health & Fitness
Created: 01 June 2016
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.


We still had our home in Arizona and everything would be fine. Then suddenly, my beloved passed away. I was heartbroken; we had been together since we were kids. My children wanted me to sell my home and move in with them. They thought it would be too much for me to take care of myself. I considered their offer, but decided that it wasn’t fair to them. They had their own lives and having Mom around all the time would be hard for them. I was determined to stay in my home and keep my independence. Even though I had to hire someone to clean my house, take care of my yard and even drive me to the grocery store.

I wasn’t going to budge. Until, one day, I was sipping my morning coffee and reading the newspaper. I saw an ad that caught my eye. It said “Un-retire at Fountain View Village” and had a picture of two residents having a squirt gun fight. “Anything but the usual activities” was the caption under the picture. I thought to myself, this is a place I need to see. I put down my paper and called them. A friendly voice said, “It’s a beautiful lifestyle at Fountain View Village, this is Joan, how may I help you?” I told her I wanted some information. She transferred me to Rebecca, who answered the phone with the same warm greeting. Then she said, “Tell me about you.” I told her I was 78 and the only thing wrong with me was that I had a little high blood pressure and some arthritis that made it hard for me to cook and clean. She thanked me for sharing that, but then said, “Okay, you told me what is wrong with you, but tell me about you.  Where are you from, what did you do for a career, what do you like to do, just tell me about you.”  I was a little surprised at this question, as the few times I had called other places; they only wanted to figure out “what part of the community I would fit in.” I told her I was originally from Michigan and we had moved to Arizona many years ago when my children were small.  I had been a retail manager and worked for JC Penney for over 20 years and my husband had been a security network engineer for Dell. I love to read and watch murder mysteries, as I got hooked on them because of Scooby Doo. I have been retired for 15 years and am ready to “Un-retire.” She said that I came to the right place for that. “We will take care of the cooking and the cleaning and you can concentrate on the fun stuff.” That sounded wonderful, so I made an appointment to meet with her. I told her that I would be bringing my sons with me and that they thought I was “too young” for this.

When we arrived, Joan greeted us and I recognized her from the friendly voice on the phone. Rebecca was waiting for us and we started our tour. My boys were still skeptical; they didn’t want to admit that their Mom was getting old. I told them, “Ever since your Dad passed, I have been sitting at home alone day after day. I missed talking to people my age.” As we went along and they saw all that was available to me––a movie theater, a beauty shop, and even a pub––they started to warm to the idea. I found a beautiful apartment looking out at the mountains, but I hardly have time to look at them because I am too busy being “Un-retired.”