The decision to move a family member into a long-term care facility is not an easy one. This choice is made all the more difficult by ambiguity surrounding the different types of facilities available and which provides the type of care that a loved-one requires. While there are many variations of which a facility can provide long-term care, below are the most common incarnations one will find.
- Nursing Home
The term “nursing home” is often used as a catchall to describe all long-term care facilities and is widely known by most people. In actuality however, a nursing home is an institution for individuals who require more intensive or regular healthcare, but not at the level of hospitalization. A modern day nursing home will provide nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, and other such services in a centralized location with a staff of physicians, nurses, and certified assistants who are supposed to provide regular and constant care.
- Assisted Living Facility
Not all individuals who require long-term care require the specialization a nursing home provides. Someone with only minor or occasional health problems might wish to maintain their independence while not living completely isolated. For such individuals an assisted living facility might be the best option. These locations are often organized like an apartment complex, with residents having their own separate units, while providing varying services to their residents—such as assistance with medication, transportation to and from appointments, meal preparation, and limited health care services.
- Personal Care Home
If an individual requires assistance with activities of their daily life, but not nursing or health care, a personal care home is a possible option. Personal care homes are often privately owned buildings operated by the individual who lives on the premises. With generally only a handful of residents, these homes provide basic amenities such as providing furnished rooms, security, recreation, and assistance with bathing and dressing. Personal care homes are tailored to the frail or elderly who are unable to live on their own. However, a personal care home is not licensed to provide health care, so someone needed nursing or even basic health care services should consider one of the previously mentioned options.
- Mixed-Care Facility
Sometimes called “continuing care retirement communities,” a mixed-care facilities are commonly housing communities that provide varying levels of care based on the needs of their residents. A section of the community may contained independent living arrangements while another has more specialized care commonly provided at a nursing home. In a CCRC, a resident may reside in the community for many years and move to a different section when their needs increase. Similarly, there are facilities wherein all such services are provided in one centralized location, with the resident moving back and forth as necessary for their care and well-being.
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The types of long-term living options have become varied over time and will undoubtedly continue to change in response to the needs of the growing elderly population. It is important to note that although the types of facilities may vary, the danger of abuse or neglect cannot be discounted from one to the other. Each type of establishment must provide state and federally mandated levels of care. If you suspect that your loved-one is not receiving the quality of care that they should, then we encourage you to reach out to Eric J. Hertz, P.C. to discuss their rights and options.
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