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What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

Skilled nursing facilities also known as nursing homes have changed dramatically over the past several decades. These changes have been driven by government regulations and consumer pressures. Today’s nursing homes are highly regulated, high-quality institutions for the care and treatment of older adults who have severe physical health and/or mental disabilities.

Skilled nursing facilities are normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide custodial care, which includes getting in and out of bed, and aiding with feeding, bathing, and dressing. However, skilled nursing facilities differ from other senior care facilities in that they also provide an elevated level of medical care.

While nursing homes have traditionally been set up in a medically oriented design, with ease of patient care being the primary goal, some homes are now moving to a newer design model with smaller communities of 10 to 30 people within a home, private kitchens, communal areas, and continuity of staff.

Whether you and your family are facing a quick decision about a skilled nursing facility due to a recent event or have been coping with a worsening progressive disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, considering a skilled nursing facility is not an easy decision. Emotions such as guilt, sadness, frustration, and anger are normal.

What Services Do Skilled Nursing Facilities Offer?

The services nursing homes offer vary from facility to facility. Services often include:

Room and board
Monitoring of medication
Personal care (including dressing, bathing, and toilet assistance)
24-hour emergency care
Social and recreational activities

How Can I Pay for Skilled Nursing Facility Care?

As you and your family evaluate your long-term care needs, it's important to consider financing options. Payment for nursing home care can be made through Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and personal funds. When evaluating nursing homes, it's important to ask the administrative staff what payment options they accept.

Here's a summary of some of the financing options.

• Medicare is a federal health insurance program providing health care benefits to all Americans age 65 and over. Insurance protection intended to cover major hospital care is provided without regard to income. Medicare will only provide 100 days of nursing care and only if a person requires skilled care and is referred by a doctor when discharged from the hospital. If a person needs custodial care alone, Medicare won't cover it. Medicare only pays for skilled care in a nursing facility that has a Medicare license.

• Medicaid is a joint federal/state health insurance program providing medical care benefits to low income Americans who meet certain requirements. Nursing home care is covered through Medicaid, but the requirements and covered services vary widely from state to state. To become eligible for Medicaid coverage, people usually must spend all their assets first. This means that they might pay for nursing home care out of pocket initially. Once their money runs out, Medicaid would kick in. It's best to work with a lawyer who specializes in elder law when determining Medicaid eligibility.

• Private long-term care insurance is a health insurance option that, if purchased, supplements Medicare coverage. Private long-term care insurance policies vary greatly. Each policy has its own eligibility requirements, restrictions, costs, and benefits.


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Steps to Connect With a Senior Care Facility

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Below are nine senior care options that cover care facilities, independent living, and in-home care. Under each option, there is a short description outlining the care or service of the care option. Select the option that you feel best suits the needs of your loved one. If you're not sure, don't worry. It can be changed as you go through the process. Now that you have selected your care option-click the link "Select this option."



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As you complete the form, please read it carefully. The information you provide the facility or care agency is key to a successful placement. Note, if you don't have your loved one's physician's report, just put their diagnosis as you believe it to be. Also, make sure their monthly care budget is what you have selected. In the comments box, enter any information you think would be helpful to the facility or care agency — Submit the form.



Facility will review your info

If you requested the facilities or care agencies to call you, expect up to four calls over the next twenty-four hours. They will answer any questions you may have about your loved one's care needs. From that point, if you are satisfied, you can set up a tour with one or all of them. Be prepared with a physician's report during the visit so that you can have an idea of the cost of care. If you choose to go forward after your visit, the facility will set up a time to assess your loved one.

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Adult Day Care Centers

Adult day care centers focus on social interaction with adults and older persons. Adult day health care (ADHC) provides day care to adults with chronic medical conditions. Use our adult day care center placement and referral agency to find adult day care centers.

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Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities provide seniors more companionship and some assistance in day-to-day living. Assisted living facilities come in all sizes. Our assisted living facility placement and referral agency will help seniors find the right private pay assisted living community.

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Continuing Care Communities

Continuing care communities are a combination of memory care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. CCRC's are owned by private companies and staffed to provide a "continuum of care". There are three basic types of contracts for care in a CCRC.

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Hospice Care Facilities

Hospice care is more than a place of care, hospice is a unique kind of care for people with advanced illnesses. Hospice care is a specialized care that accepts dying as the final stage of life. Use our hospice care facility placement and referral agency to find hospice care facilities.

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Independent Living Communities

Independent living is simply any housing arrangement designed for seniors, generally those aged 55 and over. These communities are for seniors who need no care. Use our independent living community placement and referral agency to find independent living.

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In-Home Care Agencies

Home care and in-home care are sometimes referred to as home health care, home health and private duty. Our home care placement and referral agency will help clients find in-home care, home care, home health care and private duty home care close to you.

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Memory Care Facilities

Memory care is a term that refers to specialized care provided by some facilities to help elder/seniors and other individuals affected by memory impairment. Use our memory care facility placement and referral agency to find private pay memory care facilities.

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Residential Care Homes

Residential Care Homes are also known as adult family homes, adult family care homes, care homes, residential care facilities and personal care homes. Our residential care home placement and referral agency will help seniors find the appropriate senior care home.

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Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities are normally the highest level of care for older adults outside of a hospital. Nursing homes provide custodial care, which includes getting in and out of bed. Use our skilled nursing facility placement and referral agency to help you find the right facility.

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