Reasons For Nursing Homes
Nursing home care is different from other types of medical care. People with pneumonia or broken wrists go to the hospital for immediate help, and then it’s a matter of a few days, maybe weeks, and they’re discharged home and back to normal. On the other hand, nursing homes offer a wide range of longer-term care services. Patients who undergo major operations such as for a shoulder or knee replacement may sign up for nursing homes because they need short-term rehabilitation while recovering from their surgery and don’t expect to stay there longer than sixty or ninety days. These short-term residents expect to fully recover and live as they had before at home.
But others enter nursing homes long term because they’ve lost their abilities to function in one or more areas. They don’t have a disease that can be chased away with medicine; they’re facing old age and the limitations that come along with that gradually or swiftly. They find themselves in need of long-term care when, for whatever reason, they cannot take care of themselves—they can’t bathe, dress, eat, or use the toilet alone—and sometimes, they don’t expect to regain those abilities.