Skilled nursing homes, more commonly known simply as nursing homes, are one of the most popular senior housing options. The main difference between skilled nursing facilities and other, more independent types of senior housing options is that they offer 24-hour medical care. Skilled nursing homes have medical professionals, including nurses, doctors, and other practitioners on staff.
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At skilled nursing homes, residents receive a high level of care and medical attention from qualified, certified medical practitioners. Doctors and nurses are available to prescribe and administer medication, assist with various forms of therapy, and provide 24-hour medical supervision. Skilled nursing care is often available in the home, though many families choose to have their loved one reside in a nursing home where they can have easier access to necessities like medical beds, IVs, walkers, and other medical equipment. In skilled nursing homes, individuals also receive routine assistance with day-to-day activities such as walking, getting dressed, eating, transportation, and more.
Caregiving Experts and with our community partnership team can help you determine if a skilled nursing home is the right option for your loved one. If so, our team can help you look at different facilities in your area. We take a compassionate, personalized approach to our senior housing services, so you can rest assured that your family’s needs are being met.
What to Look for When Selecting a Nursing Home
Most people’s main concern when choosing a skilled nursing home for their loved one is safety, cleanliness and dignity. You want to know that your loved one is being properly cared for in an environment that is not merely acceptable, but ideal. Caregiver Experts can help you narrow down your options in selecting a fantastic nursing home, we always recommend that you tour the home yourself, whenever possible.
There are a few things to look for when touring a nursing home, including:
- The general cleanliness and condition of the facility
- The overall demeanor of the staff and residents
- Number of nurses, doctors, and another staff present
- Available activities and amenities for residents
- Unusual, unpleasant odors or signs of sanitary problems
- General upkeep of the building, rooms, and other areas
When selecting a skilled nursing home for your loved one, it’s always wise to trust your instincts. Caregiver Experts will help you find the perfect option that suits your exact needs.